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Member of Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Frederic S. Mishkin, to Speak at W&L

— by on March 12th, 2008

The Virginia Association of Economists and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington and Lee University will host the sixth H. Parker Willis Lecture to be given by Frederic S. Mishkin, a member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The title of Mishkin’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Comfort Zones.”

Mishkin’s research focuses on monetary policy and its impact on financial markets and the aggregate economy. He is the author of more than 15 books and has published numerous articles in professional journals and books. He is currently an associate editor (member of the editorial board) at the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics Abstracts; and the Journal of International Money and Finance among others.

He has taught at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Princeton University and Columbia University’s undergraduate school. Dr. Mishkin served the Federal Reserve System as executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and an associate economist of the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve System. He was the editor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Economic Policy Review and later served on that journal’s editorial board. he also was an academic consultant to and served on the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

He received a B.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976), both in economics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1999, he received an honorary professorship from the Peoples (Renmin) University of China.

The H. Parker Willis Lecture series, started by John M. Gunn ’45, emeritus professor of economics at W&L, was named to honor the first dean of the School of Commerce at W&L, H. Parker Willis (1874-1937).

The previous series’ lecturers have been Dr. Roger W. Ferguson Jr., a member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System; Dr. Robert McTeer, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System; Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve; Dr. Marvin Goodfriend, professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business; and J. Alfred Broadus, past president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va.