From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium on the First 100 Years of the Federal Reserve, including Ricardo Reis (Columbia): Central Bank Design; Gary Gorton and Andrew Metrick (Yale): The Federal Reserve and Panic Prevention: The Roles of Financial Regulation and Lender of Last Resort; Barry Eichengreen (UC-Berkeley): Does the Federal Reserve Care about the Rest of the World?; and Martin Feldstein interviews Paul Volcker. Brad DeLong on Janet Yellen as central banker. John Sides on how Democratic and Republican appointees to the Federal Reserve aren’t that different, after all. Can Yellen’s Fed sidestep lurking monsters? There is always a crisis lying in wait for central bankers. Stan Fischer is an incredible choice to be the Fed’s #2 — here’s why (and more). Limiting the Fed: The Fed has taken on too much, with the result that it creates moral hazard in the financial system. The central banker who changed his mind: John Aziz on why Narayana Kocherlakota's shift shouldn't come as a surprise. From Wonkblog, Neil Irwin on everything you need to know about the Volcker Rule; there are six big arguments against the Volcker Rule — here’s why they’re wrong (and more); everything you need to know about the Fed’s big meeting; and Neil Irwin on how history should judge Ben Bernanke. From Bloomberg, an editorial on the Bernanke Doctrine. Age shall not weary her: America’s central bank has become ever more powerful over the past century. Robert L. Hetzel reviews The Great Inflation: The Rebirth of Modern Central Banking. Can we get rid of inflation and recessions forever? Miles Kimball explains how a simple policy change could eliminate downturns and inflation forever.
Yael Ronen (HUJ): Recognition of the State of Palestine: Still Too Much Too Soon? Zane Goebel and Nicholas Herriman (La Trobe): The Intimacy of Persecution: Gossip, Stereotype, and Violence. Lucas Gonzalez (CONICET): The Distributive Effects of Centralization and Decentralization across Sub-National Units. From NYRB, David Cole on the NSA on trial. The question facing Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Stay or go? (and more) If Ruth Bader Ginsburg is replaced by a Republican, here is what happens to the law. Marc Tracy on why Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire from the Supreme Court. From Yes!, James Trimarco on six good things Occupy Wall Street made possible (that you probably already take for granted). Jeffrey Rosen goes inside the stunning court smackdown on NSA spying. Sociologist Theodore Caplow studied Christmas gifts, and here's what he learned: Clothing makes the best gift of all. David Dayen on Jamie Dimon’s perp walk: Why it could be this year’s Christmas miracle. Can buildings be too young to save? Ruth Graham on the struggle to predict — and preserve — the architectural landmarks of tomorrow. Image restoration in political sex scandals: Margaret Moran on what to do (and what not to do) when you're caught with your pants down. From Folio, Michael Rondon on how local magazines figured out what Patch never could: City and regional magazines cater to service journalism and local advertisers. Brad DeLong reviews Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
David Karol (Maryland): Depolarization? Party Coalitions and the Politics of Gun Control: 2000-2012. From Mother Jones, a special report on Newtown: One Year After. Lauren Kirchner on mapping the laws, lobbying, and life-altering consequences of guns. Guns in America after Newtown, by the numbers: There have been 26 school shootings since Sandy Hook, and more than 30,000 have died by way of gun violence. The resistance of sheriffs in Colorado to enforcing certain gun laws is raising questions about whether tougher rules passed since Newtown have a muted effect in parts of the nation where gun ownership is common. Robert Draper goes inside the power of the N.R.A.: It has been a year since the Newtown shootings, federal gun laws haven’t changed — here is why. Gun activists have a new craze and it’s more dangerous than you think: The new front line in the battle over gun rights is "open carry" — Matt Valentine on why it has psychologists deeply concerned. Print your weapon: Christopher Brauchli on the battle over invisible guns. Colin Woodward on how the battle lines of today's debates over gun control, stand-your-ground laws, and other violence-related issues were drawn centuries ago by America's early settlers. From GQ, how in the world did a family of squirrel-eating, Bible-thumping, catchphrase-spouting duck hunters become the biggest TV stars in America? Drew Magary toured the Louisiana backwater with Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty gang to find out. Drew Millard interviews Ted Nugent on freedom, America, and killing shit. Pro football isn't pro-gun enough for Guns & Ammo.