To take any and all measures necessary for a healthy economy.Harry S. Truman
The 2019 Truman Medal for Economic Policy will be awarded to former Chair of the Federal Reserve Board Janet L. Yellen.
The Truman Medal for Economic Policy provides a forum to recognize exceptional economic policy contributions. The award’s name reflects the role President Harry S. Truman played in the creation of the Council of Economic Advisers.
2019 honoree Dr. Yellen is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, and she has also served as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, as well as Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors.
The Truman Medal for Economic Policy was created in 2005 to recognize extraordinary achievement in the formation and conduct of economic policy. The Medal is given biennially at an awards ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri. The Truman Medal for Economic Policy reflects on the creation of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) under President Harry S. Truman. The CEA was established by the Employment Act of 1946, which President Truman signed on February 20, 1946. The act committed the government, as Truman described it, “to take any and all measures necessary for a healthy economy.”
The 2019 award will be given to Dr. Yellen in an award ceremony that is free and open to the public, taking place Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Truman Forum in the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The award ceremony and program will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a free reception preceding at 6 p.m. Following the brief award ceremony will be a program featuring Dr. Yellen in conversation with David Von Drehle, columnist for The Washington Post.
The program is open to the public and free, but RSVPs are requested.
Truman Medal Recipients
2005 Alan Greenspan
2007 George P. Shultz
2009 Paul A. Volcker
2011 Allan H. Meltzer
2013 Alice M. Rivlin
2015 John B. Taylor
2017 Robert J. Shiller
Truman Medal Organizing Partners
Truman Library Institute
Economic Club of Kansas City
Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Missouri Council on Economic Education