Read her book if you dare. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Trade of the Day: Buy Yellen's $45.62 Playbook

Mark Gilbert is a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering asset management. He previously was a Bloomberg View columnist, and prior to that the London bureau chief for Bloomberg News. He is the author of “Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable.”
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Traumatized by Treasuries? Damaged by the dollar? Befuddled by the Fed? Salvation may be just an Amazon click away. In 1986, Cambridge University Press published the snappily titled"Efficiency Wage Models of the Labor Market."The editors? Janet Yellen and her husband, George Akerlof, the Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Here's what Amazon's web site has to say about the $45.62 paperback:

"One of the more troubling aspects of the ferment in macroeconomics that followed the demise of the Keynesian dominance in the late 1960s has been the inability of many of the new ideas to account for unemployment. Equilibrium in most economic models occurs with supply equal to demand: if this equality holds in the labor market, there is no involuntary unemployment."

A November 2002 speech by Ben Bernanke titled, "Deflation: Making Sure `It' Doesn't Happen Here" turned out to be a pretty good playbook for the Federal Reserve's moves after he became the central bank's chairman. So the Trade of the Day is buy "Efficiency Wage Models of the Labor Market."

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