Raghuram Rajan Ideal To Head U.S. Federal Reserve: Barron’s Magazine
Raghuram Rajan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, speaks during a television interview. (Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Raghuram Rajan Ideal To Head U.S. Federal Reserve: Barron’s Magazine

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Can former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan head the U.S. Federal Reserve? Yes, he would be an ideal choice to lead the American central bank, says global financial magazine Barron’s.

The U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce a successor to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, whose term expires early next year.

“If sports teams can recruit the best talent from around the globe, why not central banks?” asked an article in Barron’s magazine while pitching Rajan as the next head of the Federal Reserve.

The article regrets that ‘nowhere on the shortlist of potential candidates to lead the Federal Reserve is the current star among the world’s central bankers – someone who oversaw a sharp drop in inflation, the stabilisation of a currency, and a 50 percent jump in stock prices.’

Perhaps more important, his was a lonely but prescient voice warning of a financial crisis resulting from excessive risk-taking in credit derivatives – years before it hit.
Barron’s Magazine

There are precedents for central banks to be headed by non-citizens such as Canada-born Mark Carney at the Bank of England, the article said, maintaining that nobody is pitching for Rajan for the Fed post though he has been mentioned as a possible Nobel laureate in economics.

Rajan, who at 40 was the first non-western and the youngest to become the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, shot to big fame three years after he predicted a financial crisis at an annual gathering of economists and bankers in the U.S. in 2005.

He was appointed as the RBI Governor by the previous UPA government in 2013 and although he wanted a second term, he was not offered an extension – unlike most of his predecessors – by the current NDA regime.

He is currently the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

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