Janet Yellen

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Janet Yellen
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Vice Chairperson of the Federal Reserve
Elections and appointments
NominatedApril 29, 2010
ConfirmedSeptember 30, 2010
AppointedOctober 4, 2010
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Chair of Council of Economic Advisers
Member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
High schoolFort Hamilton High School
Bachelor'sBrown University
Ph.D.Yale University
Date of birthAugust 13, 1946
Place of birthNew York, New York
Office website
Janet Louise Yellen (b. August 13, 1946, in New York, New York) is the current Vice Chairperson of the Federal Reserve System. She was confirmed by the Senate on September 29, 2010.[1]

Yellen previously served on the Board of Governors, with the Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) and as a professor at UC Berkeley, Harvard University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.[2]

On October 9, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve when his term ends January 31, 2013.[3] She would be the first woman to hold the position, as well as the first Democrat since the Carter administration.[3]


Yellen was born in New York, New York and attended Fort Hamilton High School before graduating with a degree in economics from Brown University.[4] She earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. She also has two honorary degrees, one from Brown and another from Bard College.[2] She is also an author.[5]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Yellen's academic, professional and political career:[2][5]

  • 1967: Graduated from Brown University
  • 1971: Earned Ph.D. from Yale University
  • 1971-1976: Assistant Professor at Harvard University
  • 1977-1978: Economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • 1978-1980: Lecturer at The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 1980-1994: Faculty member University of California at Berkeley
  • 1994-1997: Member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • 1997-1999: Chair of the OECD
  • 1997-1999: Appointed by President Clinton as the Chair of Council of Economic Advisers
  • 2004-2010: President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • 2010-Present: Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Confirmation process

The Senate Banking Committee will hold hearings on the nomination before the vote reaches the Senate. While there isn't likely to be much Democratic opposition, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), a member of the Banking Committee, voted against her nomination as Vice Chair. When asked about the nomination stated, "We will closely examine her record since that time, but I am not aware of anything that demonstrates her views have changed."[3]

Economic views

Yellen is expected to continue most of the policies used by Bernanke, but prefers policies aimed at lowering unemployment rather than controlling inflation.[6]


Yellen is married to Nobel Prize-winning economist George Akerlof with whom she has one child.[5]

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External links

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