Bernanke's Double Bubble Bind

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Bernanke's Double Bubble Bind

January 4, 2010

Abstract

In a speech to the American Economic Association on January 3, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve System, took on the question of whether easy monetary policy led to the recent bubble in housing prices. I dont disagree with his broad conclusions about the importance of regulatory policy. But it wasn't until the end of his speech that he dabbled briefly with the far more important question: whether new types of monetary, fiscal, and regulatory actions are required to contain bubbles in all major assets, not just housing.

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