Sado-Monetarism: The Role of the Federal Reserve System in Keeping Wages Low

Authors

  • Michael Perelman

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-063-11-2012-04_2

Keywords:

Political Economy

Abstract

Economist Edwin Dickens has written a series of significant articles analyzing the minutes of the meetings, dating back to the 1950s, of the Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve Board. (The Committee is the main policy-making body of the Board.) Dickens's research shows convincingly that the Federal Reserve's partisan behavior is designed to tilt the economy in the direction of the wealthy by making workers more compliant.… A recent study formalized Dickens's work by attempting to distinguish whether the policy actions of the Federal Reserve were responses to inflation or to low unemployment. The study concluded that "a baseless fear of full employment," rather than the prevention of inflation, was the guiding principal of the Federal Reserve. The conclusion of this study should come as little surprise to people familiar with the Federal Reserve's obsession with the danger of high wages.

Published

2012-04-02

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