Posts Tagged ‘monetary policy’

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    Cyclical or Structural?

    Oct 9, 10 • 188 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic Debates, Economic Thinkers, Government, Macroeconomic Measurement, Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    Economists still cannot agree. With the new unemployment rate, at 9.6%, the same as the old unemployment rate, one question remains the same. Is it a jobs mismatch, contractionary lay-offs, or a third economic ailment? The diagnosis you choose will determine

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    Becoming Ben Bernanke

    Aug 8, 10 • 200 Views • Economic Thinkers, Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    This was fun! A 5 minute Federal Reserve simulation lets you target the fed funds rate for 16 hypothetical quarters and then watch the inflation and unemployment impact. It all appears manageable until a surprise news headline appears. The site also links to

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    Euro Matters

    Mar 9, 10 • 192 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Said to have been one of the least-prepared countries to transition to euro cash, Greece was an original participant in the euro launch on January 1, 2002.  In the first major euro robbery, in Athens, a gunman ran off with 76,000 euros

  • A Fourth Monetary Policy Tool

    Feb 15, 10 • 203 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    The chasm between economics textbooks and real life has grown larger. It is just tough to keep up. Looking at monetary policy, the most typical tool used by the Federal Reserve takes students so very logically to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). If

  • Can Less Become More for the Federal Reserve?

    Feb 1, 10 • 167 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Econ talk lecture (January 11, 2010) http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2010/01/belongia_on_the.html Michael Belongia, University of Mississippi economics professor (and past St Louis Fed ecoonmist) interviewed by Russ Roberts It was a good interview. (a little