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Alan Greenspan and the ECB: Different Policies, Different Results

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Publication Date: February 2002

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Dean Baker

Topic: Banking and finance (Money and monetary policy)

Keywords: Unemployment rate; Interest rate; GDP per capita

Coverage: United States


This paper compares the monetary policies pursued by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Federal Reserve Board. It notes that the Fed has been far more aggressive in using monetary policy to reduce unemployment, which could explain much of the difference in the unemployment rates between the United States and the euro zone nations.


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