Central Banks and Financial Markets: The Declining Power of US Monetary Policy

Central Banks and Financial Markets: The Declining Power of US Monetary Policy

by Hasan Comert


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In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, there has been increasing debate over the appropriate role of central banks in mitigating economic disaster. This timely volume combines detailed historical and econometric analyses to explore the profound changes that occurred within the US financial system from the 1980s to the present, and shows how these changes have affected the US economy.
Hasan Cömert demonstrates how dramatic shifts in the financial system undermined the ability of the US Federal Reserve to control the price and quantity of credit. He identifies several key factors that facilitated this loss of control, including deregulation, rapid financial innovations, increased financial integration and a number of policy decisions implemented within the Federal Reserve itself. Through a combination of several methods, including historical and institutional analyses, descriptive statistics, simulation and econometric techniques, the author provides a well-rounded and vitally important picture of the US financial system and offers insightful policy recommendations for the future.
Students, professors and policymakers with an interest in economics, finance, banking and monetary policy will no doubt find this book a fascinating and invaluable resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781004043
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 07/13/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Hasan Cömert, Assistant Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction 2. The Co-evolution of Monetary Policy and the US Financial System: Declining Effectiveness of US Monetary Policy 3. Decreasing Balance Sheet Constraints on Financial Firms 4. Weakening Relationship between the Federal Funds Rate and Long-term Interest Rates: Decreasing Effectiveness of Monetary Policy in the US 5. Did the Fed Create the US Financial Crisis of 2008? 6. Concluding Remarks Bibliography Index

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