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Why Greenspan Knew, But Didn’t Act

In conversation with Institute President Rob Johnson, Sebastian Mallaby — Paul Volcker Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of a new book on Alan Greenspan’s tenure as Chairman of the Federal Reserve — parses Greenspan’s legacy in context of the NASDAQ and sub-prime mortgage crises. Mallaby’s research shows that Greenspan knew more about the looming perils than people realize. “If he was the man who knew, why was he not the man who acted?” was the focal question of the book. One reason may be the limited tools available to the Fed.

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