China Investment Conference 2021

Ben Bernanke

Former Chair, US Federal Reserve (2006 to 2014)


Ben Bernanke was Former Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve from February 2006 to January 2014. 

Dr. Bernanke also served as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. Before his appointment as Chairman, Dr. Bernanke was Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2002 to 2005.

He is currently a Distinguished Fellow in residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.

From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Bernanke was Class of 1926 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He was also Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Economics Department at the university from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Bernanke had been Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton since 1985.

Before arriving at Princeton, Dr. Bernanke was Associate Professor of Economics (1983 to 1985) and Assistant Professor of Economics (1979 to 1983) at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His teaching career also included serving as Visiting Professor of Economics at New York University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship, and he is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bernanke served as Director of the Monetary Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and as a member of the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee. In July 2001, he was appointed Editor of the American Economic Review. Dr. Bernanke's work with civic and professional groups includes having served two terms as a member of the Montgomery Township (N.J.) Board of Education.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1975 from Harvard University (Summa Cum Laude) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Bernanke has published many articles on a wide variety of economic issues, including monetary policy and macroeconomics, and he is the author of several scholarly books, including The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath, and two textbooks.