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Engine of Inequality, by Karen Petrou

The first book to reveal how the Federal Reserve holds the key to making us more economically equal, written by an author with unparalleled expertise in the real world of financial policy.

Following the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy placed much greater focus on stabilizing the market than on helping struggling Americans. As a result, the richest Americans got a lot richer while the middle class shrank and economic and wealth inequality skyrocketed. In Engine of Inequality, Karen Petrou offers pragmatic solutions for creating more inclusive monetary policy and equality-enhancing financial regulation as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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“Petrou’s book uncovers a hidden engine of our skyrocketing inequality: financial-policy. In an accessible and engaging prose, Petrou takes us through the inner workings of monetary policy at the Fed and financial regulations, how they’ve made inequality worse and how they could instead be retooled to take us to a more equitable future. A novel look at the problem of inequality and bold ideas to help resolve it. A must read.”—Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics at the University of California Berkeley and author of The Triumph of Injustice

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Mises Institute, Wednesday, September 15, 2021

September 15th, 2021|

The Fed Is Bailing Out the Wealthy as Everyone Else Pays the Price By Ryan McMaken The Federal reserve says that inequality is a problem. At the same, the Fed also pretends to have nothing to do with it. Last September, for instance, Jerome Powell bemoaned the "relative stagnation of [...]

The Hill, Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Crypto risk-takers aren't crazy - they're just desperate By Karen Petrou As we've learned the hard way, social media has become a viral force for pandemic-scale political conspiracies. Of course, it's not the media themselves that do this; instead, it's the rage many Americans harbor against governmental institutions profitably enabled [...]

Wall Street Journal, Monday, September 13, 2021

September 13th, 2021|

Fed Stock Trading Emboldens Central Bank Critics, Report Says News last week that leaders of the Dallas and Boston Federal Reserve banks were actively trading stocks and other investments while setting monetary policy continues to reverberate. “Once it might have been acceptable for Fed officials to own lots of stocks [...]

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