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Yellen imitates Greenspan in reversal of mid-1990s rookie role

Foto: Susan Walsh/AP

When Janet Yellen was a rookie policymaker in September 1996, she and fellow Federal Reserve Governor Laurence Meyer visited Alan Greenspan's office to make a pitch for higher interest rates. With unemployment near 5 percent, they were worried about inflation kicking up if joblessness dropped much lower.

Greenspan, then Fed chairman, listened to their concerns but left rates unchanged until the following year. Unemployment eventually fell to a 30-year low of 3.8 percent in 2000 and inflation never really took off...

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