Unconventional monetary policy—characterized by “zero interest rate policy” (ZIRP) and “quantitative easing” (QE), along with macro-prudential regulation—has increased the power of central banks in the United States, Japan, and Europe. In the new issue of Cato Journal, contributors revisit the thinking behind unconventional monetary policy and the “new monetary framework,” make the case for transparent monetary rules versus foggy discretion, and point to the distortions generated by ultra-low interest rates and preferential credit allocation.
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.
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President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Former member, Council of Economic Advisers;
with comments by
Chairman, Cato Institute.
Alan Greenspan will retire as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in the next several months after serving more than 18 years, arguably the most successful period of monetary policy in the history of the Federal Reserve. Has the Fed followed an identifiable monetary rule during this period? Should the Fed follow a specific rule in the future, and if so, what should it be? How important is it for the administration, Congress, the press, academic macroeconomists, and the financial community to understand this rule?
Those are the issues that will be addressed by William Poole, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and a former member of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. Commenting on Poole’s presentation will be William Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute and Poole’s former colleague on the CEA.