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The Origins, History, and Future of the Federal Reserve
A Return to Jekyll Island

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Part of Studies in Macroeconomic History

Michael D. Bordo, William Roberds, Eugene N. White, Warren Weber, David C. Wheelock, Ellis Tallman, Marc Flandreau, Stefano Ugolini, Barry Eichengreen, Charles W. Calomiris, Allan Meltzer, Lawrence Christiano, Daisuke Ikeda, Marvin Goodfriend, Narayana Kocherlakota, Ben S. Bernanke, E. Gerald Corrigan, Alan Greenspan
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  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107013728

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  • This book contains essays presented at a conference held in November 2010 to mark the centenary of the famous 1910 Jekyll Island meeting of leading American financiers and the U.S. Treasury. The 1910 meeting resulted in the Aldrich Plan, a precursor to the Federal Reserve Act that was enacted by Congress in 1913. The 2010 conference, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Rutgers University, featured assessments of the Fed's near 100-year track record by prominent economic historians and macroeconomists. The final chapter of the book records a panel discussion of Fed policy making by the current and former senior Federal Reserve officials.

    • Marks the centenary of the 1910 Jekyll Island meeting that contributed to the founding of the Federal Reserve
    • Original, in-depth contributions by prominent economic historians and macroeconomists
    • Concluding discussion by Ben Bernanke (current Fed Chairman), Gerald Corrigan (former president of the NY Fed) and Alan Greenspan (former Chairman)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The 2010 Jekyll Island conference assembled preeminent scholars who have spent a lifetime studying central banking and the Federal Reserve. The historical perspective provided by these scholars offers continuing insights into the great issues confronting central banks. Not only students of central banking, but also general readers, will learn from this book.' Robert Hetzel, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and author of The Great Recession

    'As the Federal Reserve system approaches its 100-year anniversary in 2013, interest in reviewing and evaluating its history and performance increases. This volume includes seven papers and a larger number of commentaries presented at the 100th anniversary of an important conference held at Jekyll Island in Georgia in 1910 that contributed to the Fed's establishment. The papers by leading Federal Reserve and academic scholars are original contributions that discuss various aspects of the Fed's history and operations. They represent important reading for serious students of central banking.' George G. Kaufman, Loyola University, Chicago

    'The conference on which this volume is based was a truly unusual event, one that deserves the label 'historic' in two senses. First, it marked the 100th anniversary of a meeting, also held on Jeykll Island, that was crucial in the founding of the Federal Reserve System. Second, the extent of attendance and participation by high-level U.S. monetary policy makers, together with leading academic and Federal Reserve economists, was unprecedented.' Bennett McCallum, Carnegie Mellon University

    'If you want to understand financial crises, you have to understand the interplay between the central bank and the markets. And to understand how the linkages between the Fed and the financial markets have evolved and continue to change, I cannot think of a better source than this volume.' Andrew K. Rose, University of California, Berkeley

    '… most engaging,' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107013728
    • length: 439 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Michael D. Bordo and William Roberds
    1. 'To establish a more effective supervision of banking': how the birth of the Fed altered bank supervision Eugene N. White
    2. Comment Warren Weber
    3. The promise and performance of the Federal Reserve as lender of last resort Michael D. Bordo and David C. Wheelock
    4. Comment Ellis Tallman
    5. Where it all began: lending of last resort and Bank of England monitoring during the Overend, Gurney panic of 1866 Marc Flandreau and Stefano Ugolini
    6. Comment Barry Eichengreen
    7. Volatile times and persistent conceptual errors: US monetary policy 1914–51 Charles W. Calomiris
    8. Comment Allan Meltzer
    9. Government, credit markets, and economic activity Lawrence Christiano and Daisuke Ikeda
    10. Policy debates at the FOMC:
    1993–2002 Marvin Goodfriend
    11. Two models of land overvaluation and their implications Narayana Kocherlakota
    12. Panel discussion: Fed policymaking in practice Ben S. Bernanke, E. Gerald Corrigan and Alan Greenspan.

  • Editors

    Michael D. Bordo, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Michael D. Bordo is professor of economics and director of the Center for Monetary and Financial History at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago. He has published many articles in leading journals in monetary economics and economic history. Recent publications include A Retrospective on the Bretton Woods International Monetary System (1993, with Barry Eichengreen), The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century (1998, with Claudia Goldin and Eugene White), Essays on the Gold Standard and Related Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 1999; paperback 2005), and Globalization in Historical Perspective (2003, with Alan Taylor and Jeffrey Williamson). He is also a founding and managing editor of the Cambridge University Press Studies in Macroeconomic History series.

    William Roberds, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
    William Roberds is a research economist and policy advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His areas of responsibility include basic research and policy analysis. Dr Roberds's research focuses primarily on the fields of payment systems, macroeconomics and econometrics. His research has been published in leading economic journals including the Journal of Monetary Economics, the International Economic Review and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, as well as in Federal Reserve System publications. Dr Roberds joined the Bank in July 1987. Previously he was an assistant professor at Brown University (1982–84) and an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (1984–87). He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.


    Michael D. Bordo, William Roberds, Eugene N. White, Warren Weber, David C. Wheelock, Ellis Tallman, Marc Flandreau, Stefano Ugolini, Barry Eichengreen, Charles W. Calomiris, Allan Meltzer, Lawrence Christiano, Daisuke Ikeda, Marvin Goodfriend, Narayana Kocherlakota, Ben S. Bernanke, E. Gerald Corrigan, Alan Greenspan

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