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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 20 No. 4 (Fall 2006)

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How Richard Nixon Pressured Arthur Burns: Evidence from the Nixon Tapes

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Abrams, Burton A. 2006. "How Richard Nixon Pressured Arthur Burns: Evidence from the Nixon Tapes." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 20(4): 177-188.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.20.4.177

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Evidence from the Nixon tapes, now available to researchers, shows that President Richard Nixon pressured the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Arthur Burns, to engage in expansionary monetary policies in the run-up to the 1972 election. This paper quotes the relevant conversations from the Nixon tapes. Questions remain as to whether Burns followed an expansionary policy in an already-inflationary environment out of conviction or because of political pressure.

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