Bernanke makes a return to the classroom


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Ben Bernanke, the economics professor who became the world's most powerful central banker, took time out from running the US Federal Reserve to return to the classroom yesterday – to launch a short lecture series for students at George Washington University. "Gee, this is great. This is what I used to do before I got into my current line of work," Mr Bernanke said, before settling into a lecture on the Fed's origins, which is viewable, with a reading list, on the Fed's ownwebsite.

In a long career at Princeton University, Mr Bernanke became the foremost scholar of the Great Depression, before leaving for Washington where he ended up having to prevent the 2007-2009 financial crisis triggering a similar calamity.