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A History of FOMC Dissents

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A study by Daniel L. Thornton and David C. Wheelock, published in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Review in 2014, presents a record of dissents on FOMC monetary policy votes from 1936 through 2013. The Excel file below extends their dataset and will be updated regularly. In addition to showing the total number of dissents at each meeting, the file breaks down the number by FOMC member type (governors and presidents) and whether the dissents were in favor of easier policy, in favor of tighter policy or for other reasons.

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Disclaimer: For public commentary, the database includes links to written remarks only, not those without a written record. Media items only include first-person interviews, not coverage of speeches and presentations. We aim to capture all written remarks and interviews, but we cannot guarantee that we have done so.
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