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Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

Jan 24, 2022

George Selgin is a senior fellow and director emeritus of the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives at the Cato Institute and is also a long-time returning guest of Macro Musings. He rejoins the podcast to talk about central bank digital currency, stablecoins, and the future of the Fed’s balance sheet and operating system. Specifically, David and George also discuss the challenges presented by CBDC and Fed accounts, how they could create financial instability, George’s proposal for wholesale CBDC, and more.

 

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Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings

 

George’s Twitter: @GeorgeSelgin

George’s Cato Institute profile: https://www.cato.org/people/george-selgin

 

Related Links:

 

*Central Bank Digital Currency as a Potential Source of Financial Instability* by George Selgin

https://www.cato.org/cato-journal/spring/summer-2021/central-bank-digital-currency-potential-source-financial-instability#old-fashioned-bank-runs

 

*Money and Payments: The U.S. Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation* by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/files/money-and-payments-20220120.pdf

 

*George Selgin on the Past, Present, and Future of a Real-Time Payments System*

https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/podcasts/11112019/george-selgin-past-present-and-future-real-time-payments-system

 

David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/