Global Perspectives with Janet L. Yellen
April 10, 2019 Houston Branch
Janet Yellen, distinguished fellow in residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, discusses how she became an economist, her job serving as the Fed chair and rethinking the 2 percent inflation goal.
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About Janet L. Yellen
Yellen is a distinguished fellow in residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and is the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Yellen served as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, taking office in October 2010.
Yellen is professor emerita at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration and professor of economics and has been a faculty member since 1980.
Yellen took leave from Berkeley for five years starting August 1994. She served as a member of the Board of Governors through February 1997 and then left the Federal Reserve to become chair of the Council of Economic Advisers through August 1999. She chaired the economic policy committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 1997 to 1999. She also served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010.
An assistant professor at Harvard University from 1971 to 1976, Yellen served as an economist with the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors in 1977 and 1978 and on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1978 to 1980.
Yellen is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served as president of the Western Economic Association, vice president of the American Economic Association and a fellow of the Yale Corporation.
Yellen graduated summa cum laude from Brown University with a degree in economics and received her PhD in economics from Yale University. She received the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale, an honorary doctor of laws degree from Brown and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Bard College.
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