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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bernanke: "A Century of U.S. Central Banking: Goals, Frameworks, Accountability"

by Calculated Risk on 7/10/2013 04:10:00 PM

Note: This is an interesting speech, but the key will be the Q&A.

Speech from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke: A Century of U.S. Central Banking: Goals, Frameworks, Accountability

Today, I'll discuss the evolution over the past 100 years of three key aspects of Federal Reserve policymaking: the goals of policy, the policy framework, and accountability and communication. The changes over time in these three areas provide a useful perspective, I believe, on how the role and functioning of the Federal Reserve have changed since its founding in 1913, as well as some lessons for the present and for the future. I will pay particular attention to several key episodes of the Fed's history, all of which have been referred to in various contexts with the adjective "Great" attached to them: the Great Experiment of the Federal Reserve's founding, the Great Depression, the Great Inflation and subsequent disinflation, the Great Moderation, and the recent Great Recession.