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April 01, 2021

St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank CEO will discuss U.S. economy and monetary policy

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Noted economist and scholar James “Jim” Bullard, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will discuss the nation’s economy during a virtual discussion April 8 hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Bullard has served as the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis since 2008. In his post, Bullard participates in the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee, which meets regularly to set the direction of the nation’s monetary policy.

The discussion, part of the institute’s “Understanding Our New World” series via Zoom, is at 10 a.m.

Bullard and John Shaw, Simon Institute director, will discuss the nation’s economic policies and challenges facing regional, national and global economies.

‘Nuanced understanding’ of economies

“Jim Bullard is one of the most respected and influential economic policymakers in the United States,” Shaw said. “He is highly skilled at translating arcane economic concepts and trends into clear language that will help all of us understand the economic challenges we confront.”

Bullard also oversees the Federal Reserve’s Eighth District, including activities at the St. Louis headquarters and its branches in Little Rock, Arkansas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Memphis, Tennessee.

A native of Forest Lake, Minnesota, Bullard earned his doctorate in economics from Indiana University in Bloomington. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and quantitative methods and information systems from St. Cloud State (Minnesota) University.

Registration is open

Registration for the free Zoom meeting is available in advance. After completing registration, participants will receive an email confirmation with information about joining the meeting, along with the meeting ID and password. 

Participants can submit a question to Bullard by email at or by including it in the “Questions and Comments” section on the registration form. 

More information on the Simon Institute’s events is available at