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Does Williams Think the Fed Was Too Loose in the 2000s?

While there are many complementary explanations, the most heated arguments center on the role of monetary policy. Careful analysis suggests John Williams, the incoming president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, may agree with those who blame excessively low interest rates for the boom and bust. In response to the triple shocks of the tech bust, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the wave of corporate defaults in the early 2000s, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and the majority of his colleagues pushed the policy interest rate down to 1%.