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By Allan H. Meltzer

ISBN-10: 0226519988

ISBN-13: 9780226519982

808 pages | forty seven line drawings, seventy six tables | 6 x nine | © 2002
Allan H. Meltzer's huge background of the Federal Reserve process tells the tale of 1 of America's such a lot influential yet least understood public associations. this primary quantity covers the interval from the Federal Reserve's founding in 1913 throughout the Treasury-Federal Reserve Accord of 1951, which marked the start of a bigger and tremendously replaced institution.

To comprehend why the Federal Reserve acted because it did at key issues in its background, Meltzer attracts on assembly mins, correspondence, and different inner records (many made public merely through the Seventies) to track the reasoning in the back of its coverage judgements. He explains, for example, why the Federal Reserve remained passive all through lots of the fiscal decline that resulted in the nice melancholy, and the way the Board's activities helped to supply the deep recession of 1937 and 1938. He additionally highlights the influence at the establishment of people equivalent to Benjamin powerful, governor of the Federal Reserve financial institution of recent York within the Twenties, who performed a key function within the adoption of a extra energetic financial coverage by way of the Federal Reserve. Meltzer additionally examines the effect the Federal Reserve has had on overseas affairs, from makes an attempt to construct a brand new foreign economic system within the Twenties to the Bretton Woods contract of 1944 that tested the overseas financial Fund and the realm financial institution, and the failure of the London fiscal convention of 1933.

Written through one of many world's major economists, this magisterial biography of the Federal Reserve and the folks who assisted in shaping it's going to curiosity economists, significant bankers, historians, political scientists, policymakers, and someone looking a deep figuring out of the establishment that controls America's handbag strings.

"It used to be 'an extraordinary orgy of extravagance, a mania for hypothesis, overextended company in approximately all strains and in each element of the country.' An Alan Greenspan rumination concerning the irrational exuberance of the past due Nineteen Nineties? test the 1920 annual record of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve. . . . to appreciate why the Fed acted because it did—at those serious moments and lots of others—would require years of research, poring over letters, the mins of conferences and inner Fed records. the sort of job may certainly deter so much students of monetary historical past yet no longer, thank goodness, Allan Meltzer."—Wall highway Journal

"A seminal paintings that anybody attracted to the internal workings of the U. S. valuable financial institution may still learn. a piece that students will mine for years to come."—John M. Berry, Washington Post

"An incredibly transparent tale approximately why, because the rules that really knowledgeable coverage developed, issues occasionally went good and occasionally went badly. . . . you can still purely wish that we don't have to attend too lengthy for the second one installment."—David Laidler, magazine of financial Literature

"A thorough narrative historical past of a excessive order. Meltzer's research is persuasive and acute. His paintings will stand for a iteration because the benchmark heritage of the world's strongest fiscal establishment. it really is a powerful, even awe-inspiring achievement."—Sir Howard Davies, instances greater schooling complement

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6 It might seem paradoxical to argue that macroeconomics began to neglect time, just when economists were starting to construct formal dynamic models of economic growth and were learning how to deploy systematically the interaction of the multiplier and the accelerator to analyze the business cycle. 7 6. Though it is important not to read too much currently available wisdom into the earlier literature, it is nevertheless the case that such contributors as Keynes (1923), Young (1927), and Robertson (1928) always focused on the characteristics of alternative policy regimes and their implications for the economy’s behavior, rather than the details of stabilization policy per se.

Even this approach, however, which had also been Robertson’s, and was not dissimilar to the abovementioned later deployment of distributed lags in econometric consumption and investment functions, led to clumsy and unwieldy theoretical 40 Roger E. Backhouse and David Laidler analysis. Keynes’s “solution” to this problem had been to force expectations into only two categories: long-term, relevant to investment decisions, which he treated as exogenous, and short-term, relevant to firms’ output decisions, which he assumed were always correct (cf.

This formulation distracted attention from the forward-looking nature of the consumption decision. The same applied to investment: the static IS-LM model required no more than an investment function that sloped downward with respect to the rate of interest and in its econometric implementation the addition of a few exogenous shift parameters, and, once more, a suitable pattern of distributed lags seemed to suffice to cope with its dynamics. An important corollary of this neglect of the explicit analysis of intertemporal choice was a relative neglect of theorizing about expectations.

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