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Current Federal Reserve Policy under the Lens of Economic History: A Review Essay

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  • Stephen D. Williamson

This review essay reviews the volume edited by Owen Humpage, Current Federal Reserve Policy under the Lens of Economic History: Essays to Commemorate the Federal Reserve System’s Centennial, and provides a broader perspective on central-banking issues. The papers in the Humpage volume address various aspects of central banking history, money, and private banking, with a focus on putting recent Fed policies in perspective. The topics covered include the role of the central bank as lender of last resort, the effects of open-market operations versus central-bank lending, central-bank independence, the political economy of monetary unions, financial crises, the effects of unconventional monetary policies, commodity monies, and the Canadian financial system as a natural experiment.

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Volume (Year): 54 (2016)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 922-934

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Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:54:y:2016:i:3:p:922-34
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