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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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Marketplace, Wednesday, December 7, 2022

December 7th, 2022|

Host David Brancaccio talks to Karen Petrou of Federal Financial Analytics stops in to talk about the effects of the Georgia runoff results as well as economic inequality. We check in on the grim revenue projections for movie theaters. Listen here: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-morning-report/juul-agrees-to-settle-waves-of-lawsuits/  

American Banker Podcast: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

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'Democrats lost the house. I'm less convinced that Republicans won it.' Host John Heltman Welcome to the American Banker Podcast. I'm John Heltman. As you probably heard, we had an election a few weeks ago and as you also may have heard the outcome, at least in terms of which parties [...]

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