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Homer Jones Memorial Lecture

Registration for this event is now closed. Please contact Laura Girresch at 314-444-6166 or to be added to the wait list.

The Homer Jones Memorial Lecture honors those who exemplify the highest qualities of leadership in economics and public policy. As research director, and later senior vice president at the St. Louis Fed, Homer Jones (1906-1986) played a major role in developing the Bank as a leader in monetary research and statistics.

"Fear of Liftoff: Uncertainty, Rules and Discretion in Monetary Policy Normalization"

This year's distinguished Homer Jones lecturer is noted economist and monetary policymaker Athanasios Orphanides. As governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus and, in turn, a member of the European Central Bank's (ECB) governing council from 2007-2012, Orphanides was a European insider during much of the recent global financial crisis and European sovereign debt crisis. In addition, as a former senior adviser at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, he has a unique perspective on monetary policymaking by both the Federal Open Market Committee and the ECB. Orphanides has taught economics at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins University, and is currently at his alma mater, MIT, in addition to being a senior fellow at the Center for Financial Studies at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. His work and ideas are published in numerous journals and followed closely by the world's top financial media.

A reception will follow the lecture. We also invite you to visit our new Inside the Economy® Museum before the lecture from 2:45-3:45 p.m. The museum is located on the first floor of the St. Louis Fed. There is no charge for this event, but registration is required by midnight on Monday, June 1.

For more information, please contact Laura Girresch at 314-444-6166 or