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Fenaba Addo

Women in Economics: Fenaba Addo

Visiting scholar Addo talks about finding her voice as the only black woman in most of her economics courses on her way to her bachelor’s and graduate degrees. But she highlights an evolving culture in the field: “There are a growing number of communities within economics for young women who may feel isolated or questioning whether or not this is a path that they want to pursue.”
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July 19, 2018
Loretta Mester headshot, Women in Economics

Women in Economics: Loretta Mester

Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester talks about being a leader in the male-dominated field, how she “lucked” into economics, the “publish or perish” mentality, and her adjunct teaching experience at the Wharton School.
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June 19, 2018
Ana Maria Santacreu

Innovation Is on the Rise

St. Louis Fed economist Ana Maria Santacreu talks about the rise in innovation around the globe. She also explains three ways to measure innovation.
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June 7, 2018
Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria Women in Economics

Women in Economics: Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria

St. Louis Fed Economist Restrepo-Echavarria is back in our studios to discuss the need for more women in macroeconomics and how to encourage girls to pursue economics and other fields involving math.
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May 15, 2018
Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria

Oil-Producing Countries and Debt

Why should you care about the debt of oil-producing countries in the developing world? Economist Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria addresses this question as she discusses her research on debt default by these countries.
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May 4, 2018

Women in Economics: Susan Feigenbaum

“I firmly believe that there is more ‘we’ and less ‘me’ among women, which leads to productive teamsmanship and the nurturing of each other and the next generation of economists, whether male or female,” says Susan Feigenbaum. Feigenbaum is a curators’ distinguished teaching professor in the department of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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April 25, 2018

The Personalities behind Historic Policies

Hear voices of past economic policymakers and learn about their sometimes bumpy relationships. The St. Louis Fed’s deputy director of research, David Wheelock, gives context, and our library director, Katrina Stierholz, describes resources in the online digital library FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research).
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April 18, 2018
James Bullard | St. Louis Fed

James Bullard: A Policymaker’s Reflections on Crisis to Recovery

On April 1, 2018, James Bullard marked his 10th anniversary as president and CEO of the St. Louis Fed. In a series of conversations with his chief of staff, Cletus Coughlin, President Bullard reflected on his role as a policymaker, an academic and a CEO.
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April 13, 2018
Claudia Sahm | St. Louis Fed

Women in Economics: Claudia Sahm

“Maybe we can do better than we have,” on diversity in economics, says Claudia Sahm, the section chief for consumer and community development at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Despite groups and newsletters dedicated to women, minorities and the LGBT community, Sahm said there is room for improvement in the field.
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March 28, 2018
Ellen Zentner | St. Louis Fed

Women in Economics: Ellen Zentner

“I realized that keeping your head down and working hard was not going to get you that far, because you need to get recognized for that,” says Ellen Zentner, chief economist at Morgan Stanley. This “aha” moment led Zentner to actively manage her career, and the result was advancement and success.
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March 28, 2018
Mary Daly | St. Louis Fed

Women in Economics: Mary Daly

“There’s no way that I would have been able to find my way without some help,” says Mary Daly. She shares her story of how she went from high school dropout to research director at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Daly credits a counselor, a professor, and even former Fed chair Janet Yellen for aiding in her success.
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March 28, 2018
Keith Taylor | St. Louis Fed

Have you met FRED?

Who is FRED, or Federal Reserve Economic Data? Who uses FRED? And why should you learn more about the widely-used database of financial and economic data? Keith Taylor and Yvetta Fortova of the data desk at the St. Louis Fed address these questions and more.
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January 24, 2018
Kevin Kliesen | St. Louis Fed

Holiday Spending: A Gift for the Economy

What do economists track during the holiday season to determine if it will be good for the economy? St. Louis Fed economist Kevin Kliesen discusses retail sales (online and in-store), personal consumption, consumer sentiment, payment methods, debt and more.
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December 20, 2017

Monetary Policy Minutes: The Fed’s Balance Sheet

When the Fed decides to begin shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, what will that mean? Why is reducing the size important? St. Louis Fed economist David Wheelock addresses these questions.
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September 1, 2017

What Does a Fed Branch Do?

Nikki Jackson, the head of the St. Louis Fed’s Louisville, Ky., Branch, talks about her role, that of her staff and that of her board of directors. Listen to her describe the “aha moment” when people realize the variety of work that the Branch does.
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August 17, 2017

Monetary Policy Minutes: What Is Monetary Policy?

In this three-part podcast, St. Louis Fed economist David Wheelock covers 1) what monetary policy is and how it affects us all, 2) key monetary policy variables (employment and inflation), and 3) how low interest rates affect borrowers and savers.
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June 2, 2017

Economic Literacy for Life

Our economic education officer, Mary Suiter, talks about our mission to get people of all ages to learn about basic economics and how to handle personal finances.
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May 5, 2017

Chinese Imports, U.S. Jobs

Economist Max Dvorkin talks about his research into the impact of Chinese imports on U.S. jobs during the period 2000-07, a time when those imports were surging.
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January 18, 2017

Disability Insurance

Economist David Wiczer discusses a study he and a colleague undertook that shows the ideal disability insurance program would be not much more generous than what we already have.
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November 24, 2015

Economic Development

Economist B. Ravikumar explains how he and other economists are looking at cross-country income differences and the economic effects of trade barriers.
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November 24, 2015

The Fed's Regional Structure

Unlike central banks in most other countries, the Federal Reserve System has a regional structure. St. Louis Fed economist and economic historian David Wheelock explains the history and benefits of the unusual structure of our central bank.
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October 20, 2014

The Gold Standard

At one time or another, many of the major countries around the world had monetary systems based on a gold standard—currency that could be redeemed, at least in part, for gold. Economist David Andolfatto explains the gold standard and discusses its pros and cons.
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October 20, 2014

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