The Many Faces of Ben Bernanke

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is, by all accounts, a man of formidable intelligence. He scored 1590 on his SATs, taught himself calculus in high school, and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a dissertation on the Great Depression—knowledge that has almost certainly informed his policy moves during the current economic downturn.

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