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Current Federal Reserve Policy Under the Lens of Economic History
Essays to Commemorate the Federal Reserve System's Centennial

Part of Studies in Macroeconomic History

Owen Humpage, Barry Eichengreen, Allan H. Meltzer, Mark A. Carlson, David C. Wheelock, Jon Moen, Ellis Tallman, Forrest Capie, Geoffrey Wood, Peter L. Rousseau, Harold James, Christopher M. Meissner, Kris Mitchener, Gary Richardson, John Landon-Lane, Ehsan U. Choudhri, Lawrence L. Schembri, Angela Redish, Hugh Rockoff, Eugene N. White, Michael D. Bordo
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107099098

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  • In December 2012, as a kickoff to the Federal Reserve System's centennial, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland asked leading monetary historians and macroeconomic economists to address current and recurring economic concerns that confront central banks from a historical perspective. The resulting papers, published in this volume, cover a wide range of issues, including the meaning of central-bank independence, the role of communications and rules in fostering credibility, the evolution of the lender-of-last-resort function, the mechanism through which banks transmit economic shocks, and prospects for a European monetary union. A retrospective on the Federal Reserve, this book contains essays by some of the world's most prominent financial historians and provides a thorough overview of the evolution of the monetary standard over the past two centuries. Offering historical context as a complement to economic theory and empiricism, these papers investigate how financial infrastructure shapes economic outcomes through comparisons of Canada and the United States.

    • The contributors to this volume include many of the world's leading financial historians
    • Analyzes current economic issues from a historical perspective to inform current policy-making
    • Addresses the key issue of whether central banks should move away from a policy of monetary stability toward a policy of financial stability
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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107099098
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 58 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: context and content Owen Humpage
    2. The uses and misuses of economic history Barry Eichengreen
    3. How and why the Fed must change in its second century Allan H. Meltzer
    4. The lender of last resort: lessons from the Fed's first 100 years Mark A. Carlson and David C. Wheelock
    5. Close but not a central bank: the New York Clearing House and issues of Clearing House loan certificates Jon Moen and Ellis Tallman
    6. Central-bank independence: can it survive a crisis? Forrest Capie and Geoffrey Wood
    7. Politics on the road to the US monetary union Peter L. Rousseau
    8. US precedents for Europe Harold James
    9. The limits of bimetallism Christopher M. Meissner
    10. The reserve pyramid and interbank contagion during the Great Depression Kris Mitchener and Gary Richardson
    11. Would large-scale asset purchases have helped the 1930s? An investigation of the responsiveness of bond yields from the 1930s to changes in debt levels John Landon-Lane
    12. A tale of two countries and two booms – Canada and the United States in the 1920s and the 2000s: the roles of monetary and financial stability policies Ehsan U. Choudhri and Lawrence L. Schembri
    13. It is history, but it's no accident: differences in residential mortgage markets in Canada and the United States Angela Redish
    14. Monetary regimes and policy on a global scale: the oeuvre of Michael D. Bordo Hugh Rockoff and Eugene N. White
    15. Reflections on the history and future of central banking Michael D. Bordo.

  • Editor

    Owen F. Humpage, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
    Owen Humpage is a senior economic advisor in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His research has been published in the International Journal of Central Banking, the International Journal of Finance and Economics, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. Dr Humpage has taught economics at Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University.

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    Owen Humpage, Barry Eichengreen, Allan H. Meltzer, Mark A. Carlson, David C. Wheelock, Jon Moen, Ellis Tallman, Forrest Capie, Geoffrey Wood, Peter L. Rousseau, Harold James, Christopher M. Meissner, Kris Mitchener, Gary Richardson, John Landon-Lane, Ehsan U. Choudhri, Lawrence L. Schembri, Angela Redish, Hugh Rockoff, Eugene N. White, Michael D. Bordo

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