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Central Banking after the Great Recession: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

Past Event

Central Banking after the Great Recession: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

»In the wake of the Great Recession, unconventional monetary policy came to the forefront in an effort to get the global economy stabilized. As the Federal Reserve celebrates its 100th anniversary, now is a good time to reflect on this recent period of economic experimentation to help policymakers past, present and future understand what works and where we need to do better. How well are the authorities in the US and globally recasting both regulatory policy and institutions to make the financial system more stable? Are central banks able to maintain their independence in the midst of economic crises? When and how should central banks unwind the recent expansions of their balance sheets?

On January 16, the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings hosted its inaugural event exploring these topics with a panel moderated by Director of the Hutchins Center and Brookings Senior Fellow David Wessel. Papers were be presented by: San Francisco Federal Reserve President and CEO John Williams on unconventional policy, with a response by Harvard University’s Martin Feldstein; Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England Paul Tucker on regulation, with a response by Sullivan & Cromwell’s H. Rodgin Cohen; and a panel discussion on central bank independence with Brookings’s Donald Kohn, Harvard’s Kenneth Rogoff, and the University of California’s Christina Romer. Following the panel, former CEO of Fischer Francis Trees and Watts, Inc., Pulitzer- Prize winning author, and Brookings trustee Liaquat Ahamed interviewed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about the Federal Reserve’s first and next century. All speakers took questions from the audience.

Download “Monetary Policy at the Zero Lower Bound: Putting Putting Theory into Practice” by John Williams »

Download “Regulatory Reform, Stability, and Central Banking” by Paul Tucker »

Download “Federal Reserve Independence in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis” by Donald Kohn »

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Agenda

Introduction

Panel Discussion: Central Banking After the Great Recession

Part One—Monetary Policy When Rates Fall to Zero: Putting Theory into Practice

Part Three—Central Bank Independence and Accountability in a Democracy

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Christina Romer

Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics - University of California at Berkeley

Kenneth Rogoff

Former Brookings Expert

Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics, Harvard University

A Conversation: The Fed Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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Liaquat Ahamed

Brookings Trustee - Former CEO, Fischer Francis Trees and Watts, Inc.; Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World; Trustee, The Brookings Institution

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Ben Bernanke

Chairman - The Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

Welcome

Part Two—Strengthening Financial Regulation: What’s Done? What’s Not?

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