The Structure and Functions of the Federal Reserve

Wondering how to explain to your class the mixture of public and private elements that make up the Federal Reserve? This edition of the Classroom Economist offers unique tools to help you teach about the Federal Reserve System, including its evolution, components, responsibilities, and much more.

This quarter's edition departs somewhat from the usual format. Instead of offering videos of an Atlanta Fed senior economist and a master teacher, we present Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke himself, serving as both "classroom economist" and master teacher.

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