Author Archives: John Taylor

A New Hearing and, Possibly, a New Phase in Monetary Policy

Today’s hearing of the House Monetary Policy subcommittee—the first of the new Congress with the new chair Andy Barr from Kentucky—provided a good opportunity to discuss policy in light of new and different decisions by the Fed, new and different … Continue reading

Posted in Monetary Policy

Milton Friedman on Freedom: A New Book

Milton Friedman on Freedom is a delightful new book of Friedman’s best works on freedom compiled and edited by Robert Leeson and Charles Palm.  It is a delight to have these writings in one lean volume, and the book also … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching Economics

Economic Policy Explains Growth Conundrum

“Growth Conundrum” sets the theme for the many fascinating articles in the latest issue of the IMF’s quarterly magazine Finance and Development which includes an opening essay by Nicholas Crafts and a profile of Kristin Forbes. I was asked to write … Continue reading

Posted in Regulatory Policy, Slow Recovery

Restoring Prosperity

During the past two days, economists from around the world gathered at the Hoover Institution to focus on the crucial problem of how to restore prosperity. They took stock of lessons from past experiences in the US and Europe, and … Continue reading

Posted in Regulatory Policy, Slow Recovery

Benefits of Comparing Policy with Reference Rules

In a recent VOX article, Henrike Michaelis and Volker Wieland write favorably about the approach taken by Fed Chair Janet Yellen in a recent speech where she compares recent Fed policy actions with several monetary policy rules—including the Taylor rule—much … Continue reading

Posted in Monetary Policy

Monetary Policy Strategy Statements Should Have a Strategy

At its meeting this week the Fed decided not to post changes in its “Longer-Run Goals and Monetary Policy Strategy” as might have been expected as part of its annual organizational meeting actions as it did last year at this … Continue reading

Posted in Monetary Policy

Good Progress on Describing and Comparing Monetary Strategies

Janet Yellen visited San Francisco and Stanford last week. She gave two interesting talks about monetary policy, which together, in my view, break new ground, and are worthy of more discussion. At the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco she briefly … Continue reading

Posted in Monetary Policy