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Does Asymmetric Monetary Policy Exacerbate Asymmetric Outcomes? Eric J. Gordon, Creative Investment Research,

Eric Gordon, left and Luke Newton, Right, at t he Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at Brookings, June 14, 2024.  As the Federal Reserve prepares for its five-year public review of the monetary policy framework, ongoing debates persist among experts regarding the most effective strategies to achieve economic stability and growth without exacerbating inequality. The Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at Brookings recently convened a conference enabling economists to articulate and discuss their recommendations for the Fed's review, including a dialogue on the merits of adopting a symmetric, balanced approach versus an asymmetric, shortfalls-focused one amid rapidly evolving economic conditions. Each strategy carries different implications across the country's financial landscape, yet their impact on minority communities is particularly crucial, serving as a barometer of broader economic health and welfare. This post aims to analyze the competing approa
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