Quotes by: Ben Bernanke

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The decline in home equity makes it more difficult for struggling homeowners to refinance and reduces the financial incentive of stressed borrowers to remain in their homes.
Ben Bernanke
If you're in a car crash, you're mostly involved in trying to not go off the bridge, and later on you say, 'Oh my God!'
Ben Bernanke
The stress on the financial system in the fall of 2007 was significant, but not so significant as to threaten the overall stability of the U.S. economy, although it did lead to the beginning of a recession at the end of 2007.
Ben Bernanke
It's true that the Federal Reserve faces a lot of political pressure and is unpopular in many circles.
Ben Bernanke
Income inequality is troubling because, among other things, it means that many people in our society don't have the opportunities to advance themselves.
Ben Bernanke
High levels of homeownership have been shown to foster greater involvement in school and civic organizations, higher graduation rates, and greater neighborhood stability.
Ben Bernanke
The best solution to income inequality is providing a high-quality education for everybody. In our highly technological, globalized economy, people without education will not be able to improve their economic situation.
Ben Bernanke
The Fed needs an approach that consolidates the gains of the Greenspan years and ensures that those successful policies will continue - even if future Fed chairmen are less skillful or less committed to price stability than Mr. Greenspan has been.
Ben Bernanke
Economic science concerns itself primarily with theoretical and empirical generalizations about the behavior of individuals, institutions, markets, and national economies. Most academic research falls in this category.
Ben Bernanke
History proves... that a smart central bank can protect the economy and the financial sector from the nastier side effects of a stock market collapse.
Ben Bernanke
If you take a candy bar in the short run, it gives you a burst of energy, but after a while, it just makes you fat.
Ben Bernanke
Given the extent of the exposures of major banks around the world to A.I.G., and in light of the extreme fragility of the system, there was a significant risk that A.I.G.'s failure could have sparked a global banking panic.
Ben Bernanke
Economic management involves the operation of economic frameworks in real time - for example, in the private sector, the management of complex financial institutions or, in the public sector, the day-to-day supervision of those institutions.
Ben Bernanke
As an educator myself, I understand the profound effect that good teachers and a quality education have on the lives of our young people.
Ben Bernanke
Importantly, in the 1930s, in the Great Depression, the Federal Reserve, despite its mandate, was quite passive and, as a result, financial crisis became very severe, lasted essentially from 1929 to 1933.
Ben Bernanke
I would argue that no financial instrument counted as regulatory capital should be allowed to receive any protection from losses.
Ben Bernanke
The economist John Maynard Keynes said that in the long run, we are all dead. If he were around today he might say that, in the long run, we are all on Social Security and Medicare.
Ben Bernanke
Rents should begin to decelerate as the demand for owner-occupied housing stabilizes and the supply of rental units increases.
Ben Bernanke
I served seven years as the chair of the Princeton economics department where I had responsibility for major policy decisions, such as whether to serve bagels or doughnuts at the department coffee hour.
Ben Bernanke
China is growing very quickly and is clearly becoming an important player in the world economy.
Ben Bernanke
In all likelihood, a significant amount of time will be required to restore the nearly eight and a half million jobs that were lost nationwide over 2008 and 2009.
Ben Bernanke
As you know, in the latter part of 2008 and early 2009, the Federal Reserve took extraordinary steps to provide liquidity and support credit market functioning, including the establishment of a number of emergency lending facilities and the creation or extension of currency swap agreements with 14 central banks around the world.
Ben Bernanke
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