Will history look kindly on Ben Bernanke?

After eight tumultuous years, Ben Bernanke will soon step down as chairman of the Federal Reserve. How should we judge his 2006-14 tenure in charge of the world’s most powerful central bank?

The short, truthful, and unsatisfying answer is that we don’t know yet. Bernanke’s legacy as a central banker is still up in the air, because we have yet to see the long-term effects of the programs and policies that the Fed initiated under his watch.

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