The committee that awards the Nobel Prize in economics introduced Monday it has chosen three U.S. economists for the 2022 prize: former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, Douglas W. Diamond of the College of Chicago and Philip H. Dybvig of Washington College in St. Louis. The award is for “analysis on banks and monetary crises.” The committee praised the winners for doing work “of nice sensible significance in regulating monetary markets and coping with monetary crises.” Many fiscal economists would disagree.

That is the opening paragraph of David R. Henderson, “An Economics Nobel for and by Central Bankers,” Wall Road Journal, October 10, 2022 (October 11 print version.)

I not often want an editor’s title to the one I select, however this time I do. The editor clearly picked up on my closing paragraph:

The Nobel Prize in economics is funded not by the Nobel Basis however by Sweden’s central financial institution. I don’t often suppose that issues, however on this case I ponder if it does. The 2022 award appears to be an affirmation by central bankers of the worth of central banking.

I’ll publish the entire thing on EconLog in 30 days.

I awoke at 2:45 a.m. PDT and turned on my laptop to see who received. As soon as I discovered, I knew immediately that I knew sufficient to jot down the piece. (Typically I’ve to analysis for about an hour to ensure.) The principle cause is that we coated all of those points intimately in Jeff Hummel’s Masters course in Financial Concept at San Jose State in early 2021. Larry White’s evaluation of the Diamond/Dybvig mannequin of “banking” was invaluable, and Jeff had walked us by it very fastidiously.

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