Fact Check: Biden Claims 'No Serious Economist' Is Worried About Inflation

Fact Check: Biden Claims 'No Serious Economist' Is Worried About Inflation


Claim: “There’s nobody suggesting there’s unchecked inflation is on the way. No serious economist,” President Joe Biden said on Monday.

Verdict: False.

Larry Summers is worried about inflation. He has been the Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton, director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama, chief economist of the World Bank, and president of Harvard University. He is one of the most prominent economists in the United States today.

Summers has been warning that the Biden administration’s policies risked inflation and overheating several months ago, a topic he returned to on Twitter last week.

Labor market tightness, behavior of housing markets & asset prices all rising in a more concerning way than I worried @ a few months ago. This raises my degree of concern @ overheating scenario. There are huge uncertainties but the focus of concern now should be on overheating. https://t.co/gIV3jHDBGv

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— Lawrence H. Summers

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