Michael D. Bordo

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Michael D. Bordo is a Board of Governors Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Monetary and Financial History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has held academic positions at the University of South Carolina and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Bordo has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Harvard University, and Cambridge University, where he was the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions. He is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund; the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis, Cleveland, and Dallas; the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; the Bank of Canada; the Bank of England; and the Bank for International Settlement. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Centennial Advisory Committee. He has a BA degree from McGill University, an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics, and PhD from the University of Chicago in 1972.

He has published many articles in leading journals including the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of Economic History. He has authored and coedited fourteen books on monetary economics and monetary history. These include (with Owen Humpage and Anna J Schwartz), Strained Relations: US Foreign Exchange Operations and Monetary Policy in the Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2014); (with Athanasios Orphanides), The Great Inflation (University of Chicago Press for the NBER, 2013); (with Will Roberds), A Return to Jekyll Island (Cambridge University Press, 2013); (with Ronald MacDonald) Credibility and the International Monetary Regime (Cambridge University Press, 2012); (with Alan Taylor and Jeffrey Williamson), Globalization in Historical Perspective (University of Chicago Press for the NBER,2003). He is also editor of a series of books for Cambridge University Press: Studies in Macroeconomic History.

He is currently doing research on a Hoover Institution book project The Historical Performance of the Federal Reserve: The Importance of Rules, a project on “Bank Lending and Policy Uncertainty”; a project on “Financial Globalization and Financial Crises”; and a project on “Central Bank Credibility and Reputation: A Historical Perspective.”

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The Historical Performance of the Federal Reserve

by Michael D. Bordovia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Distinguished economist Michael D. Bordo argues for the importance of monetary stability and monetary rules, offering theoretical, empirical, and historical perspectives to support his case. He shows how the pursuit of stable monetary policy guided by central banks following rule-like behavior produces low and stable inflation, stable real performance, and encourages financial stability. In contrast, he explains how the failure to adhere to rules that produce monetary stability will inevitably produce the dire consequences of real, nominal, and financial instability.

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How To Diagnose Your Own Dutch Disease

quoting Michael D. Bordovia Financial Times Alphaville
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Imagine that you are the finance minister of a small, developing country that has just discovered an ore belt rich in cobalt, a metal that has more than doubled in price over the last five years. You, a capable technocrat, are familiar with Dutch disease.
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Perceived FOMC: The Making of Hawks, Doves and Swingers

by Michael D. Bordo, Klodiana Istrefivia Economics Working Papers
Friday, May 18, 2018

Economics Working Paper 18108

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The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Small Business*

by Michael D. Bordo, John V. Ducavia Economics Working Papers
Friday, April 20, 2018

Economics Working Paper 18106

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The Structural Foundations Of Monetary Policy

by Michael D. Bordo, John H. Cochrane via Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

In The Structural Foundations of Monetary PolicyMichael D. Bordo, John H. Cochrane, and Amit Seru bring together discussions and presentations from the Hoover Institution’s annual monetary policy conference. The conference participants discuss long-run monetary issues facing the world economy, with an emphasis on deep, unresolved structural questions. They explore vital issues affecting the Federal Reserve, the United States’ central bank. They voice concern over the Fed’s independence, governance, and ability to withstand future shocks and analyze the effects of its monetary policies and growing balance sheet in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

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