Macro Musings LIVE: Selgin on the Fed’s Experimental Monetary Framework

Special Event
January 15, 2019
4:30PM to 5:45PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring David Beckworth, Director, Program on Monetary Policy, Mercatus Center at George Mason University; George Selgin, Author, Floored!: How a Misguided Fed Experiment Deepened and Prolonged the Great Recession, and Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute.

The Mercatus Center’s David Beckworth comes to Cato for a live recording of his popular Macro Musings podcast, interviewing George Selgin about his new book Floored!: How a Misguided Fed Experiment Deepened and Prolonged the Great Recession. Floored! is the first comprehensive account of the Federal Reserve’s new post-crisis “floor” monetary policy operating system. Marking his fourth Macro Musings episode, Selgin will share his three-year research journey into this new experimental system, how the Fed stumbled into it, and its consequences for the economy — including how it could turn the Fed into a Trojan piggybank of fiscal profligacy.

Praise for Floored!

Floored! gives an extraordinarily clear exposition of how the Fed sets the policy interest rate either by using the market or by administering interest on excess reserves. It thereby reveals the monetary distortions caused by circumventing the market. George Selgin’s advice should be read carefully by the Fed and followed.”

— John B. Taylor, Stanford University

Event Schedule

4:00–4:30 p.m.

Registration

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Podcast Interview

David Beckworth, Director, Program on Monetary Policy, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

George Selgin, Author, Floored!: How a Misguided Fed Experiment Deepened and Prolonged the Great Recession, and Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute

5:30–5:45 p.m.

Question Session

5:45 p.m.

Reception

Video from this event will be available after the release of the Macro Musings podcast.