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              Chris Farrell & Louis Johnston



Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor for Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. An award winning journalist, Chris is a regular contributor to PBS Next Avenue and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, the New York Times, Kiplinger's and other publications.




Louis Johnston is Professor of Economics at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He earned his B.S. in Economics at the University of Minnesota (1983), and his M.A. (1987) and PhD in Economics (1990) at the University of California, Berkeley. Johnston specializes in macroeconomics, economic history, and the connections between economic policy and economic history. His most recent projects focus on analyzing the evolution of Minnesota’s economy and how Minnesota became “above average” over the past 60 years.



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What is Money Smart Week?

Money Smart Week helps consumers manage their personal finances better. Programs are offered to all demographics and income levels, and cover all facets of personal finance. Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort of the Money Smart Advisory Council, a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote personal financial literacy. The Chicago Fed convened the Council’s first meeting in July 2001, during which members agreed to share resources and ideas to achieve great public awareness of the programs and services available in the city of Chicago.

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