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The 2008-2009 financial crisis and Great Recession have vastly increased the power and scope of the Federal Reserve, and radically changed the financial landscape. This ebook, an edited volume of papers presented at the Cato Institute’s 30th Annual Monetary Conference, examines those changes and considers how the links between money, markets, and government may evolve in the future.
By studying the past, one can learn how to avoid future crises and improve monetary institutions, provided political barriers to real reform can be circumvented. Some of the general topics covered in this ebook include how the choice of monetary regimes affects economic freedom and prosperity, the policy steps needed to avoid future financial crises, the limits of monetary policy, the lessons from the Eurozone debt crisis, and China’s path toward capital freedom.
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"One of the most learned and respected voices on the search for stable money, James A. Dorn delivers an invaluable compendium of intellectual resources for scholars and policymakers. Money, Markets, and Government: The Next 30 Years provides a trailblazing guide to understanding the parameters that must come together to forge a path to rational and reliable monetary policy."
—Judy Shelton, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
"Is money too important to be left to the economists? Not to the worthies that editor James A. Dorn has assembled for this volume. Whether it’s Jeffrey A. Miron advising against policies designed to avoid financial crisis or Thomas F. Cargill and Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr. contending that central banks are not (and ought not to be) “independent,” there are ideas to debate, inform, and provoke. Then, too, there is this unexpected merit: the language in which the learned contributors choose to convey their thoughts isn’t algebra or calculus but good old Standard English."
—James Grant, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer
James A. Dorn is Vice President for Monetary Studies, Senior Fellow, editor of the Cato Journal, and director of the annual monetary conference at the Cato Institute.