Peter Conti-Brown studies central banking, financial regulation, and public finance, with a particular focus on the law, history, politics, and economics of central banking at the Federal Reserve. He is author of the book The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. His articles have appeared in the Yale Journal on Regulation and the Stanford, UCLA, and Washington University Law Reviews, among other journals. He is also the editor, with David Skeel, of the book When States Go Broke: Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis, published by Cambridge University Press, and editor, with Rosa Lastra, of the Research Handbook on Central Banking, under contract with Edward Elgar Publishing. He has been quoted in print and online articles published by The Atlantic, The Economist, The New York Times, and Reuters, and has appeared on C-SPAN and National Public Radio. He has testified before the US Senate Banking Committee on reforming the Federal Reserve.
- MA (PhD expected), History, Princeton University, ’15
- JD, Stanford Law School, ’10
- AB, Sociology and Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard College, ’05
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
The Wharton School
Legal Studies and Business Ethics
In the News
- Quoted on Banking Issues in the Marijuana Industry, The New York Times - 07/30/2015
- Op-Ed on Reforming the Federal Reserve, The New York Times - 07/29/2015
- Research cited on governance of Federal Reserve, Reuters - 07/02/2015
Capitol Hill Testimony
March 3, 2015, Hearing: Federal Reserve Accountability and Reform
Past and Present Public Policy Affiliations
- Of Counsel, Gupta Wessler PLLC (2013-present)
- Law clerk, Hon. Stephen F. Williams, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit (2012-2013)
- Law clerk, Hon. Gerard E. Lynch, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2011-2012)
Peter Conti-Brown (2016). The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve, Princeton University Press.
Peter Conti-Brown (forthcoming 2016). Ulysses and the Punch Bowl: The Law and Politics of Central Bank Independence, George Mason Law Review (invited symposium essay).
Peter Conti-Brown (2016, February). To Fear the Fed or Not, Wharton Magazine.
Peter Conti-Brown (2015). The Institutions of Federal Reserve Independence, Yale J. Reg., 32, 257.
Peter Conti-Brown (2015). The Twelve Federal Reserve Banks: Governance and Accountability in the 21st Century, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution (Working Paper).
Peter Conti-Brown (2015, December). Behind the Link Between Wall Street and the Fed, Fortune
Peter Conti-Brown (2015, November). What Vanishing Bank Profits Mean for Higher Interest Rates, Fortune.
Peter Conti-Brown (2015, July). To Fix the Fed, Simplify It, The New York Times.
Peter Conti-Brown (2014, April). The Constitutional Crisis at the Fed, Politico Magazine.
Peter Conti-Brown, Simon Johnson (2013). The Governance of the Federal Reserve System after the Dodd-Frank Act, Peterson Institute for International Economics Policy Paper, 13-25.
Peter Conti-Brown (2013, September). Is the Federal Reserve Unconstitutional? And Who Decides?, Library of Law & Liberty.
Peter Conti-Brown (2012). Introduction: The Perennial Crisis, in When States Go Broke: Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis, Cambridge University Press.
Peter Conti-Brown (2012). Direct Democracy and State Fiscal Crisis: The Problem of Too Much Law, Duke Journal on Constitutional Law & Public Policy, 7, 43.
Peter Conti-Brown (2010). A Proposed Fat-Tail Risk Metric: Disclosures, Derivatives, and the Measurement of Financial Risk, Washington University Law Review, 87, 1461.