Monetary Policy


C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series in International Economics: A Conversation with Jean-Claude Trichet

Speaker: Jean-Claude Trichet
Presider: William J. McDonough

Listen to President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet discuss the need for structural reforms in Europe, particularly those that increase labor productivity growth, establish well-functioning product markets, and create a competitive, entrepreneurial-friendly economic environment.

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The Stimulus Report Card

Author: Roya Wolverson

The Obama administration says its 2009 stimulus package saved jobs and boosted growth, but Republicans and some economists worry it dampened consumer and business spending and added to long-term debt.

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Contingency Planning Memorandum

If the U.S. Dollar Plummets

Author: Brad W. Setser

The scale of financing needed to support the U.S. fiscal deficit—together with the Federal Reserve’s policy of keeping U.S. interest rates low to ward off deflation—has revived concerns about a sudden and sharp depreciation of the U.S. dollar. This Center for Preventive Action Contingency Planning Memorandum by Brad W. Setser examines potential triggers and indicators of such a crisis and posits concrete policy options to limit U.S. vulnerability to the possibility of a plummeting dollar.

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2010 Arthur Ross Book Award Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Speaker: Liaquat Ahamed
Presider: James Hoge Jr.


Gold Medalist: Liaquat Ahamed for Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Silver Medalist: Seth G. Jones for In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan

Honorable Mention: Gerard Prunier for Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe

For more information about the Arthur Ross Book Award, click here.

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