Janet Yellen

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Janet Yellen is an economist and professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. In April 2004 she was appointed president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Dr. Yellen holds a B.A. in economics from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. She was awarded honorary doctorates in humane letters and laws, by Bard College and Brown University, respectively. Since 1980, she has been conducting research at the Haas School and teaching macroeconomics to full-time and part-time MBA students. Twice she has been awarded the Haas School's outstanding teaching award. In addition, she served as chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1997 to 1999, and was a member of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors from 1994 to 1997. She has taught at Harvard University and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Yellen serves as president of the Western Economic Association International and vice president of the American Economic Association. She is a fellow of the Yale Corporation.

She is married to George Akerlof, a Nobel prize-winning economist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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