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Financial Times, 12/1/2009
Fed relations with Congress worst in history, says Meltzer
As Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appears before the Senate Banking Committee seeking reappointment to a second term, he faces a hostile environment, according to Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. While Meltzer believes Bernanke will be confirmed, he says relations between Congress and the central bank are the worst and most threatening in its history. URL for this article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8eb45f44-deaa-11de-adff-00144feab49a.html?nclick_check=1

CNBC, 12/2/2009
Tepper School represented in CNBC studio audience
Tepper School students and faculty participated in the studio audience for a discussion with influential leasers of manufacturing as part of “Meeting of the Minds: Rebuilding America.” URL for this article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1349240093&play=1

Reuters, 12/2/2009
Meltzer: Bernanke likely to be confirmed, with flak
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will probably be confirmed, but will take a lot of flak, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says Congress reflects public unhappiness with the poor economy. URL for this article: http://www.postchronicle.com/news/business/article_212270980.shtml

CNBC, 12/2/2009
Tepper School represented in CNBC studio audience
Tepper School students and faculty participated in the studio audience for a discussion with influential leaders of manufacturing as part of “Meeting of the Minds: Rebuilding America.” URL for this article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1349240093&play=1

Marketplace (radio), 12/3/2009
Meltzer: Congress concerned about Fed in times of trouble
Congress is only concerned about the Federal Reserve when there are problems, notes Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says while he expects Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to be confirmed, there is unhappiness over errors the central bank has made and public complaints over the state of the economy. URL for this article: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/03/am-bernanke-hearing/

CNBC, 12/10/2009
Miller appears on CNBC
Robert Miller, professor of economics and strategy, appeared on CNBC to discuss the way Goldman Sachs plans to pay employee bonuses. URL for this article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1355711899&play=1

McClatchy Newspapers, 12/10/2009
Report: Lack of ‘trustworthy’ information hampering energy efficiency efforts
The National Academy of Sciences issued a report saying a shortage of trustworthy information for consumers is an obstacle in the quest for greater energy efficiency. Lester Lave, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor; director, Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative; co-director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, is the chairman of the academy’s committee that produced the report. URL for this article: http://www.heraldonline.com/lifestyles/homegarden/story/1798444.html#

The Times (U.K.), 12/13/2009
Miller: London’s loss is New York’s gain
Robert Miller, professor of economics and strategy, says New York will benefit from London facing a windfall tax on bank bonuses. Miller says the tax is “destabilizing” at a time when financial services firms have more choice of locations than New York or London. URL for this article: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article6954536.ece

Bloomberg, 12/13/2009
Transaction tax harmful to markets, Meltzer says
A transaction tax would harm markets, possibly pushing out traders who provide liquidity, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer points out that most trading is for efficiency, so it doesn’t make sense to reduce trading and make markets less accessible. URL for this article: http://www.ohio.com/business/79156292.html

Associated Press, 12/14/2009
Informational interviews can yield valuable ideas for applicants, says Kelley
Job seekers who aren’t sure which technical skills they need to acquire can find out by asking prospective employers directly, suggests Robert Kelley, adjunct professor of organizational behavior and theory. Kelley suggests applicants set up informational interviews with companies they’re interested in joining, which helps them learn what specific skills and experience they need while also making a connection with the company. URL for this article: http://www.sbsun.com/business/ci_13997921

Fund Strategy, 12/14/2009
Meltzer: Obama intelligent, but squandered political capital
Barack Obama has squandered political capital, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says when Obama was campaigning, he was impressed with the president’s intelligence, but he didn’t vote for Obama because he says Obama talked about change without offering specifics. URL for this article: http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/3710985

Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/14/2009
Lave points out high cost of batteries
Batteries are expensive to use, says Lester Lave, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor; director, Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative; co-director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. Lave says portable power from a battery costs 60 cents to a dollar per kilowatt hour, compared to about 15 cents for power from a wall outlet. URL for this article: http://www.philly.com/philly/living/green/79196667.html

iMarketNews.com, 12/15/2009
Bernanke says Meltzer is right about inflation predictions
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, is correct when he says high inflation coincides with underutilized resources. Bernanke says it’s important to consider uncertainty in estimates of the output gap when making decisions about monetary policy. URL for this article: http://imarketnews.com/?q=node/6105

Financial Times, 12/15/2009
Meltzer: Fed officials unclear on rate hike strategy
When Federal Reserve officials tell Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, they will raise interest rates if necessary to offset swollen reserves, he asks how high. The problem, he says, is they don’t know the answer. URL for this article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1d4790e8-e9bc-11de-9f1f-00144feab49a.html?nclick_check=1

Bloomberg, 12/15/2009
Meltzer: Delayed interest rate increases will prompt ‘sizable’ inflation
If the Federal Reserve delays an increase in interest rates, the U.S. economy will experience sizable inflation during the next couple of years, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer predicts the dollar will continue to sink under those circumstances. URL for this article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a_.PPhXquoVI

BusinessWeek, 12/16/2009
Increase in Fed funds rate may motivate banks into lending
By upping the Fed funds rate, banks would be forced to shift money borrowed from the central bank into loans, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says currently, with the rate hovering near zero, banks can make three percentage points for doing nothing and so have no incentive to take risks. URL for this article: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_52/b4161024244392.htm

Reuters, 12/30/2009
Meltzer: U.S. policy pointing toward inflation
According to Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, the United States has the most potentially inflationary policy that he has ever seen in a developed country. The discussion over inflation occurs amid the Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates near zero for the foreseeable future. URL for this article: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BT3RM20091230

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