Monetary and fiscal policy in the U.S. since 1961–from John F. Kennedy to the COVID-19 pandemic–is a series of successes and failures. Alan S. Blinder, a long-time professor of economics at Princeton, former member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers (1993-94), former Brookings expert, and a former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1994-1996), traces this history and evaluates it critically in a new book, ‘A Monetary and Fiscal History of the United States, 1961-2021.’
On November 21, Blinder spoke about his book and engaged in a conversation about lessons from history with Don Kohn of the Hutchins Center on Monetary and Fiscal Policy at Brookings, another former Fed vice chair. Following their conversation, Blinder joined Julia Coronado, Tim Duy, and Nathan Sheets on a panel, moderated by Jeanna Smialek of The New York Times, to discuss current challenges facing central bankers.
Viewers can follow along with the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BlinderHistory, and submit questions for the panelists at sli.do, using code #BlinderHistory.
Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics - Princeton University
Former Brookings Expert
Global Chief Economist - Citi
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