Current Federal Reserve Policy Under the Lens of Economic History (Studies in Macroeconomic History)

Current Federal Reserve Policy Under the Lens of Economic History (Studies in Macroeconomic History)

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Edited by Owen F. Humpage
Cambridge University Press, 3/5/2015
EAN 9781107099098, ISBN10: 1107099099

Hardcover, 410 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

In December 2012, as a kick-off 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.

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.