The Mystic Hand: How Central Banks Shaped the 21st Century Global Economy

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Agate B2
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
Johan Van Overtveldt, PhD, was minister of finance in Belgium from 2014-2019, and now serves as the Chairman of the Budget Committee of the European Parliament, where he focuses on financial and monetary matters across the European Union. A trained academic economist and former journalist, he has published several books in Dutch and contributes to the Wall Street Journal Europe and other publications. He is also the author of A Giant Reborn (Agate B2, 2015), The End of the Euro (Agate B2, 2011), Bernanke's Test (Agate B2, 2009), and The Chicago School (Agate B2, 2007).
Praise for Johan Van Overtveldt's The Mystic Hand:

"Central Banks wield exceptional powers. Their Governors have been central figures in our economic fortunes, from the Great Financial Crisis to Coronavirus. The Mystic Hand is both lucid and wise, explaining the influence and policies of these institutions with the greatest of clarity. [Van Overtveldt] combines his skill as a politician, his experience as an economist and the lightness of touch of a journalist to write an invaluable, essential and enjoyable book." --Pascal Donohoe, President of the Eurogroup and Minister of Finance (Ireland)

"A fascinating Brussels insider's view on monetary policy" --Axel Weber, Chairman of the Board of Directors, UBS Group, and Former President of the German Bundesbank

"Their response to the Coronavirus pandemic has left the world's central banks supporting the global economy in a way which leaves asset prices intricately linked to their future actions. Johan Van Overtveldt has written a compelling account of the negative implications of this policy and ponders how they can escape the hole they have dug for all of us." --James Nixon, Head of Thematic Research, Oxford Economics