The Dead Economists Society returns….except this time it is the Living Economists Society!
Each month we will concentrate on the works of a particular living economist. Don’t expect much esotery; the series will revolve around real-world economic and social issues!
Our first living economist is none other than the newly minted Nobel Prize winner Ben Bernanke. Bernanke had a highly distinguished academic career, but, naturally, some of you may be more interested in assessing his tenure at the top of the Federal Reserve. Among other topics, we will discuss Bernanke the economist, Bernanke the central banker, and how the two have interacted.
Bernanke, of course, did not receive the Prize for his Fed chairmanship. But are his academic and policy personae really distinct? Does Bernanke’s prize deserve the controversy it has generated in some circles? It is our hope that even those of you who only knew him as the world’s chief central banker can get a glimpse into a rich scientific career.
As always, we will keep the discussion somewhat open-ended. Any take you have on our living economist is welcome.