Economist Interviews from the 38th Annual
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Fall Conference

Connecting Policy with Frontier Research

Oct. 10-11, 2013

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis hosted its 38th Annual Fall Conference on Oct. 10-11, 2013. David Andolfatto, a vice president in the Research division, sat down with each of the conference presenters and discussed their work in plain English. The content in this conference volume is based on those interviews. All interviews have been edited for clarity and length.

For the full conference agenda, please see

The views expressed in this volume are those of the individuals presenting them and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis or the Federal Reserve System.

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Message from the President - James Bullard

Message from the Research Director - Christopher J. Waller

Videos of Interviews

“Measuring the Financial Soundness of U.S. Firms, 1926-2012” - Andrew Atkeson

“The I Theory of Money” - Markus Brunnermeier

“Leverage Restrictions in a Business Cycle Model” - Lawrence Christiano

“Unemployment and Business Cycles” - Martin Eichenbaum

“Is There ‘Too Much’ Inequality in Health Spending Across Income Groups?” - Larry Jones

“Trade Dynamics in the Market for Federal Funds” - Ricardo Lagos

“Retirement, Home Production and Labor Supply Elasticities” - Richard Rogerson

“Banks’ Risk Exposures” - Martin Schneider

“Conventional and Unconventional Monetary Policy with Endogenous Collateral Constraints” - Michael Woodford