Category Archives: Teaching Economics

Central Bank Models: A Key to Future Monetary Policy

In thinking about the future of monetary policy, it’s important to consider legislative reforms and appointments, but it’s also important to consider the economic models that have come to be a key part of policy making in central banks. The … Continue reading

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Should the Previous Framework for Monetary Policy Be Fundamentally Reconsidered?

“Did the crisis reveal that the previous consensus framework for monetary policy was inadequate and should be fundamentally reconsidered?”  “Did economic relationships fundamentally change after the crisis and if so how?” These important questions set the theme for an excellent … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Crisis, Monetary Policy, Teaching Economics

The Statistical Analysis of Policy Rules

My teacher, colleague, and good friend Ted Anderson died this week at the age of 98.  Ted was my Ph.D. thesis adviser at Stanford in the early 1970s, and later a colleague when I returned to teach at Stanford in … Continue reading

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The Staying Power of Staggered Wage & Price Setting in Macro

The new Handbook of Macroeconomics is now in production as all 34 chapters have been submitted (by 74 different authors).  It will be out later this year. Harald Uhlig and I edited the book, and we each contributed a chapter. My … Continue reading

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Trying Out a New Video on the Power of Markets

I always enjoy teaching the introductory economics class—we call it Econ 1 at Stanford— and I’m teaching the course again this winter. Part of the fun is trying out new teaching ideas. During the first couple of weeks I emphasize the … Continue reading

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Two Good Doses of Basic Economics

The Wall Street Journal asked, 50 “friends–from Gillian Anderson to Nell Zink–to name their favorite books of 2015.” I named two and here’s why: At a time when many politicians, academics and media commentators are focusing on income inequality, Thomas Sowell’s “Wealth, … Continue reading

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The Great Book on Inequality and Economic Policy Thanks to Gary Becker

The year 2015 was another big year for inequality books: Inequality: What Can be Done? by Anthony Atkinson, The Globalization of Inequality by François Bourguignon, Wealth, Poverty and Politics by Thomas Sowell. And now comes another: Inequality and Economic Policy: Essays … Continue reading

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