Watching the frenzy surrounding Judy Shelton's confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee on February 13, one is led to believe that the gold standard is a "nutty" idea, for which no serious economist or monetary policymaker could possibly have a kind word. This post critiques that…

Cato Monetary Conference, Fed, Federal Reserve, Richard Clarida, Monetary Alternatives

Improving the Monetary System Since 1983, the Cato Institute's Annual Monetary Conference has brought together leading scholars and policymakers to discuss important issues in the conduct of monetary policy and steps that might be taken to improve the existing system.  The conferences have also considered ideas for…

Irving fisher, monetary disequilibrium, stable money, sound money, monetary reform

Irving Fisher's classic treatise, The Purchasing Power of Money: Its Determination and Relation to Credit, Interest and Crises (1911), still offers valuable insights regarding monetary reform. This post examines some of Fisher's insights and draws some lessons for Fed policy. The Importance of Stable Money Fisher recognized…