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A History of the Federal Reserve: Volume 1: 1913-1951

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Allan Meltzer, the Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University is, since 1989, also a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, University of Chicago, University of Rochester, the Yugoslav Institute for Economic Research, the Austrian Institute for Advanced Study, the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro and the City University, London. He has served as a consultant for several Congressional committees; the President's Council of Economic Advisers, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the World Bank, foreign governments and central banks. He has been a member of the President's Economic Policy Advisory Board. In 1988-89, he was an acting member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Since 1987, he has been Honorary Adviser to the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies of the Bank of Japan.

In 1999-2000, he served as Chairman of the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission, known as the Meltzer Commission. The Commission proposed major reforms of the International Monetary Fund and the development banks.

Dr. Meltzer's writings have appeared in numerous journals, including the business press here and abroad. He is the author of several books and more than 300 papers on economic theory and policy. From 1973 to 1996, he was co-editor of the Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Journal of Finance. His career includes experience as a self-employed businessman, management adviser, and consultant to banks and financial institutions. He is a director of the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Commonwealth Foundation, and Stillhalter Vision.

From 1973 to 1999 Professor Meltzer was chairman of the Shadow Open Market Committee. The members of the committee are economists from banks, business, and academic institutions organized to issue policy statements about current events to government agencies and to the public.

In 1983, Professor Meltzer received a medal for distinguished professional achievement from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a past president of the Western Economic Association and a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economists. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association. Additional information on background and career can be found in the current issue of Who's Who in the United States.