Alan Greenspan

Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Publications

Foreign Affairs Article

Never Saw It Coming

Author: Alan Greenspan

The former chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve asks how so many experts, including him, failed to see the 2008 financial crisis approaching. An important part of the answer to that question is a very old idea: Keynesian "animal spirits," the irrational elements of decisionmaking that have been left out of economic forecasting for too long.

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Video

An Overview of the Global Debt Crisis

Speaker: Alan Greenspan
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Alan Greenspan discusses the increase in U.S. debt levels, the roles of the Central Bank and the European Bailout Fund, and Germany's position in the European financial crisis.

This symposium is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and is made possible through the generous support of Stephen C. Freidheim.

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Audio

An Overview of the Global Debt Crisis (Audio)

Speaker: Alan Greenspan
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Alan Greenspan discusses the increase in U.S. debt levels, the roles of the Central Bank and the European Bailout Fund, and Germany's position in the European financial crisis.

This symposium is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and is made possible through the generous support of Stephen C. Freidheim.

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Audio

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics: The Global Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (Audio)

Speaker: Alan Greenspan
Presider: Peter G. Peterson

Listen to Alan Greenspan, president of Greenspan Associates LLC and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, outline the causes of the financial crisis and what the outcomes have been, including large fiscal deficits and new financial reforms.

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