Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke | via Wikimedia Commons

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, born in Georgia but raised in Dillon, S.C., was named co-winner of the Nobel Prize in economics today for work on banks and financial crises.

Bernanke, who graduated from Dillon High School before attending Harvard, won the major prize with Douglas W. Diamond of the University of Chicago and Philip H. Dybvig of Washington University in St. Louis, according to published reports.  

Bernanke, who led the Federal Reserve during the nation’s 2008 financial crisis, was cited for a groundbreaking 1983 analysis of the Great Depression, according to The Washington Post today.

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