Managing the Economy: Main Street, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve

Date: December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
12:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Hart Senate Office Building 902
Washington, DC

Sponsored by Americans for Financial Reform, the Economic Policy Institute, and the Roosevelt Institute


  • Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

Today, pressure is building on the Federal Reserve to use monetary policy to raise short-term interest rates, a move that could short-circuit a still far from complete economic recovery. Proponents of this move argue it is needed to avert wage and price inflation and prevent excessive risk-taking in the financial sector. But there are serious questions about this argument, and there are new tools available to the Fed to influence Wall Street and the wider economy. These tools and better economic analysis could allow the Fed to better target specific concerns regarding Wall Street financial risk-taking while minimizing unnecessary drag on the Main Street economy.

Join Elizabeth Warren, Paul Krugman, and experts on monetary and regulatory policy for a discussion of Federal Reserve economic management. The discussion will range from what the Fed’s next moves should be in monetary policy to the ways in which the Fed can use new regulatory tools to address problems in the financial market without causing unnecessary problems in the broader economy.

Speech by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speech by Paul Krugman

Panel: Monetary Policy and the Economy