Extra Credit (Spring 2006)

Getting to know Ben Bernanke
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There are no specific qualifications for serving as chairman of the Federal Reserve, but the two most recent chairs—Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke—have been economists. While Bernanke served in academia for most of his career, Greenspan primarily worked in the economic consulting business and spent considerable time in the public policy arena.

Bernanke returns to the Federal Reserve Board after serving since June 2005 as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to that, Bernanke served for three years as a Federal Reserve governor. From 1985 to 2002, Bernanke served as a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University and had chaired the economics department at Princeton since 1996 until leaving.

Bernanke published articles on a wide variety of economic issues and has authored several scholarly books.


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