Recently, we caught up with economist Robert Shiller outside the admissions office at Yale University, where he's taught economics since 1982. He suggested we waylay a Yale campus tour -- guide and group -- to get their take on inflation.

John Williams is an economic extremist. He thinks a collapse of the U.S. dollar and hyperinflation are just around the corner and that gold is therefore the best bet around. He thinks the government manipulates the economic data to…

Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here's Friday's query: Name: Doug Shoaf Question: Given the harm that inflation does to the personal finances…