Plenty in Reserve: Janet Yallen profiled

Janet Yellen Age: 67 Appearance: short, silver-haired and bookish, Yellen has been described as a small lady with a large IQ'.

12th October, 2013
Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz has described Yellen as one of the best students I have had, in 47 years of teaching at Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, MIT and Oxford.

When the economist Janet Yellen was lecturing at the University of California, Berkeley, she used to write her entire text out in longhand in advance. She would leave nothing to chance. The text would begin, ''Hello. My name is Janet Yellen.''

The small detail, revealed by a colleague to the New York Times last week, illuminates some of Yellen's wonkiness: she can sometimes appear to be the archetypal nerdish academic. But her diligence and...

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