The Best Writings of Ben S. Bernanke

Now that Greenspan has ridden off into the sunset, what do we know about his successor, Dr. Ben Bernanke?  His temperment, economic views, stylistic approaches?

Actually, quite a lot. Fed Chair Bernanke (first time I wrote that) has been a prolific economic author. For the economic policy wonks out there, the following can be considered Bernanke’s Greatest Hits:

Inflation Targeting: A New Framework for Monetary Policy?
Research: NBER, Ben S. Bernanke and Frederic S. Mishkin, Jul 1997

The Global Saving Glut and the U.S. Current Account Deficit
Analysis: Federal Reserve, Governor Ben S. Bernanke, Mar 10, 2005

Monetary Policy and Asset Price Volatility
Research: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Ben Bernanke and Mark Gertler, 1999

Should Central Banks Respond to Movements in Asset Prices?
Research: American Economic Review, Ben S. Bernanke and Mark Gertler, 2001

Deflation: Making Sure "It" Doesn’t Happen Here
Analysis: Federal Reserve, Remarks by Governor Ben S. Bernanke, Nov 22, 2002

Monetary Policy Alternatives at the Zero Bound: An Empirical Assessment
Research: Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke, Vincent R. Reinhart, and Brian P. Sack, Sept 2004

Inside the Black Box: The Credit Channel of Monetary Policy Transmission
Research: NBER, Ben S. Bernanke, Mark Gertler, Jun 1995

The Federal Funds Rate and the Channels of Monetary Transmission
Research: JSTOR, Ben S. Bernanke, Alan S. Blinder, Sep, 1992

What Explains the Stock Market’s Reaction to Federal Reserve Policy?
Research: Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke and Kenneth N. Kuttner, Oct 2003


Hat tip to Roubini Global Economic Monitor

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  1. algernon commented on Feb 1

    I read Bernanke’s “Savings Glut” article & am still not reassured about the exact nature of Chinese “savings.” I wish someone could in simple terms demonstrate that the Chinese & Japanese aren’t simply buying our Tres. bills with freshly printed Yen & Yuan/Renmimbi. That is, lending us money that really hasn’t been saved but created.

  2. The Nattering Naybob commented on Feb 2


    Here are some comments by Bernanke which indicate his “public” position regarding monetary policy and commodities inflation.

    What he “says” and what he actually believes are probably diametrically opposed. Why?

    At least we know Gee Dub’s malaprops are caused by his genuine stupidity. He is a man rooted in deep beliefs that he is incapable of understanding.

    “Helicopter” Ben appears to be a man of deep understanding. But if he really believes what he is saying, then we are in for real trouble.

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