What calculus goes into central bank rate decisions?
Apr 3, 2023

What calculus goes into central bank rate decisions?

One of the main jobs of central banks such as the Federal Reserve is to set interest rate targets, which can have wide-ranging effects on the economy. These days, amid shakiness in the banking industry and persistent inflation, that calculation has gotten harder. We speak with Susan M. Collins, president of the Boston Fed, about how she thinks about the tradeoffs and other considerations that go into rate decisions. And, economist Julia Coronado gives us a taste of what economic stories could move markets this week, including oil anxiety and Friday's jobs report.

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A Fed president on remedies for inflation, banking supervision, and the possibility of recession

A conversation with Susan M. Collins, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Chair Susan Collins stands with "Marketplace Morning Report" host David Brancaccio in Washington, DC.
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Jobs, oil anxiety among economic stories to watch in coming week

Julia Coronado, founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives, explains what lays ahead for the economy this week.

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Leanna Byrne Host, BBC
Kelly Silvera Executive Producer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer
Ariana Rosas Producer
Jarrett Dang Digital Producer (gone fishing)
Jesson Duller Media Producer
Nick Esposito Media Producer
James Graham Producer, BBC
Jo Critcher Producer, BBC
Olie D'Albertanson Producer, BBC