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The Fed at One Hundred

A Critical View on the Federal Reserve System

Howden, David, Salerno, Joseph T. (Eds.)

2014, XI, 169 p. 3 illus.

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  • Presents a thorough analysis of the Federal Reserve over the course of its history
  • One of few fundamental critiques of the Federal Reserve System available
  • Written from the point of view of the modern Austrian school of economics, which has garnered increasing recognition since the financial crisis of 2008

One hundred years after its foundation, the Federal Reserve has been entrusted with an enormous expansion in its operating powers for the sake of reviving a sluggish economy during the financial crisis. The aim of the present volume is to present a thorough and fundamental analysis of the Fed in the recent past, as well as over the entire course of its history. In evaluating the origin, structure, and performance of the Fed, the contributors to this volume critically apply the principles of Austrian monetary and business-cycle theory. It is argued that the Fed has done harm to the U.S. and, increasingly, the global economy by committing two types of errors: theoretical errors stemming from an incorrect understanding of the optimal monetary system, and historical errors, found in episodes in which the Fed instigated an economic downturn or hindered a budding recovery. The book contains not only a critical analysis of the activities of the Fed over its history, but also a road map with directions for the future.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Austrian School of Economics - Federal Reserve - Financial Crisis - Gold Standard - Inflation - Monetary Policy

Related subjects » Economic Policy - History of Economic Thought - Macroeconomics / Monetary Economics / Growth

Table of contents 

Introduction.- A Pre-history of the Federal Reserve.- Does U.S. History Vindicate Central Banking? - Ben Bernanke, the FDR of Central Bankers.- Fed Policy Errors of the Great Depression.- The Federal Reserve: Reality Trumps Rhetoric.- A Fraudulent Legend: The Myth of the Independent Fed.- Will Gold Plating the Fed Provide a Sound Dollar? Arthur Burns: The Ph.D. Standard Begins and the End of Independence.- The Federal Reserve's Housing Bubble and the Skyscraper Curse.- There Is No Accounting for the Fed.- Fiat Money and the Distribution of Incomes and Wealth.- Unholy Matrimony: Monetary Expansion and Deficit Spending.- Information, Incentives, and Organization: The Microeconomics of Central Banking.- A Stocktaking and Plan for a Fed-less Future.

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