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Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke
Personal data
Date of birthDecember 13, 1953(age 62)
Place of birthNorth Augusta, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican Party
SpouseAnna Friedmann
Alma materHarvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
14th Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Assumed officeFebruary 1, 2006
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
DeputyRoger W. Ferguson, Jr.
Donald Kohn
Janet Yellen
Preceded byAlan Greenspan
23rd Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
In officeJune 2005 - January 2006
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Succeeded byEdward Lazear
Preceded byHarvey Rosen
Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
In officeSeptember 2002 - June 2005
Nominated byGeorge W. Bush

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Ben Shalom Bernanke (-enbərˈnæŋki ; born December 13, 1953) is an American economist, and the current Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States. During his tenure as Chairman, Bernanke has overseen the response of the Federal Reserve to late-2000s financial crisis.

Bernanke was a tenured professor at Princeton University and was chair of the Department of Economics there from 1996 to September 2002, when he went on public service leave. From 2002 until 2005, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Here he outlined the Bernanke Doctrine and first spoke of the Great Moderation, where he postulated that we are in a new era, where modern macroeconomic policy has decreased the volatility of the business cycle. He then served as Chairman of President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers before President Bush appointed him to be Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve on February 1, 2006. Bernanke was confirmed for a second term as Chairman on January 28, 2010, after being nominated by President Barack Obama.

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