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The Economic and Social Cost of Racism

At a February 27, 2019 Financial Services Committee hearing on Monetary Policy, Rep. Al Green (TX) asked the following question of the hearing's only witness - Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Fed), Jerome Powell: "I want you to do a study on the impact discrimination has on the economy." ( See video at https://www.c-span.org/video/?458249-2/federal-reserve-chair-powell-testifies-day-capitol-hill&start=2499#) We attended the hearing (https://twisri.blogspot.com/2019/03/monetary-policy-and-state-of-economy.html) , and were delighted to hear the question, which, in light of events in New Zealand,  takes on new significance. Clearly, the economic and social cost of discrimination is growing worldwide, inspired by events in the US. This adds instability to the culture and, eventually, the  marketplace. This makes getting an accurate answer to Mr. Green's question critical. It is unclear that Federal Reserve ec

Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy

On February 27th, The Committee on Financial Services of the US House held a hearing “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.” Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Jerome Powell was the only witness. Lanxi He, Research Analyst Intern, Creative Investment. Georgetown University, attended the hearing and provided input for this post. The Federal Reserve Act (FRA) directs the Chairman of the Fed to testify before the House Committee on Financial Services and the Senate Committee on Banking twice a year. The testimony focuses on the management of monetary policy and its impact on domestic and global economic developments. Each appearance requires the Board submit a Monetary Policy Report. During this hearing, House members cited China's economic growth and the political allocation of capital. This line of questioning recalled the view of University of Chicago Professor Chang-Tai Hsieh. On February 25th, The Becker Friedman Institute for