Ben Bernanke is an American economist, the fourteenth Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Time magazine’s 2009 “Person of the Year”. During his two-term tenure as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Bernanke has been responsible for overseeing the response to the economic crisis occurring in the United States (and around the world).
Before becoming involved with the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke held various positions in higher education and in the United States government. In higher education, he served as a professor at various colleges and universities, culminating in his appointment as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Ecnomics at Princeton University. As a part of the government, Bernanke was on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2002 to 2005 and served as the Chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers from which he was appointed as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
- College/University Attended
- Harvard University
- Original Major
- Major Changes
- Switched to Physics, then English, and finally landed on Economics
“There’s always the possibility that, if there’s sufficient uncertainty that we may choose to pause simply to gain more information, to learn better what the true risks are and how the economy’s actually evolving.”