I don’t know whether this is a positive sign about policymakers recognizing the depth of our economic problems, or a negative sign about the depth of our economic problems. But the President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, Narayana Kocherlakota, set a target unemployment rate he would like to see before the Fed raises the federal funds rate from its current position at 0%. This is seen as a shift for Kocherlakota, who had a far greater fear about inflation in the past.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 21, 2012 6:45 am|
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 3, 2011 5:59 am|
The Federal Reserve took no new action after its November meetings today, continuing on the same path, using some minor monetary easing and announcing that the federal funds rate will remain at its current level until at least mid-2013. Charles Evans of the Chicago Fed, who has been calling for a bigger intervention to maximize employment, bravely dissented from the left, becoming the first FOMC member to do so since 2007.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 8, 2011 9:45 am|
Now that we’ve determined that the economy is destined for a decade or more of depressed growth with no hope, it’s perhaps a small comfort that one important policymaker actually views this as a huge problem which he could play a role in solving. Charles Evans of the Chicago Federal Reserve released a paper yesterday spelling out why high unemployment is a huge failure of Fed policymakers.