ISBN-10:
0262015455
ISBN-13:
9780262015455
Pub. Date:
01/28/2011
Publisher:
MIT Press
Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank

Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank

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Overview

Two top economists outline distinctive approaches to post-crisis financial reform.

Over the last few years, the financial sector has experienced its worst crisis since the 1930s. The collapse of major firms, the decline in asset values, the interruption of credit flows, the loss of confidence in firms and credit market instruments, the intervention by governments and central banks: all were extraordinary in scale and scope. In this book, leading economists Randall Kroszner and Robert Shiller discuss what the United States should do to prevent another such financial meltdown. Their discussion goes beyond the nuts and bolts of legislative and regulatory fixes to consider fundamental changes in our financial arrangements.

Kroszner and Shiller offer two distinctive approaches to financial reform, with Kroszner providing a systematic analysis of regulatory gaps and Shiller addressing the broader concerns of democratizing and humanizing finance. After brief discussions by four commentators (Benjamin M. Friedman, George G. Kaufman, Robert C. Pozen, and Hal S. Scott), Kroszner and Shiller each offer a response to the other's proposals, creating a fruitful dialogue between two major figures in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262015455
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/28/2011
Series: Alvin Hansen Symposium on Public Policy at Harvard University
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Randall S. Kroszner is Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics in the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from March 2006 until January 2009.

Robert J. Shiller is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is the author of Finance and the Good Society and other books.

Benjamin M. Friedman is William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University and the author of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth .

Benjamin M. Friedman is William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University and the author of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth .

Robert J. Shiller is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is the author of Finance and the Good Society and other books.

Randall S. Kroszner is Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics in the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from March 2006 until January 2009.

George G. Kaufman is John F. Smith, Jr. Professor of Economics and Finance at Loyola University in Chicago and a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Hal S. Scott is Nomura Professor and Director of the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) at Harvard Law School. He is Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, a research organization.

Table of Contents

Introduction Benjamin M. Friedman ix

1 Democratizing and Humanizing Finance Robert J. Shiller 1

2 Making Markets More Robust Randall S. Kroszner 51

3 Comments Benjamin M. Friedman George G. Kaufman Robert C. Pozen Hal S. Scott 85

4 Responses Robert J. Shiller Randall S. Kroszner 119

5 Rejoinder Robert J. Shiller 131

Contributors 133

Index 135

What People are Saying About This

Robert E. Litan

In this extremely readable and thought-provoking volume, two of America's leading financial experts provide an excellent roadmap to financial reform after Dodd-Frank. Their recommendations make this a timeless must-read for everyone concerned with the efficiency and stability of our financial markets and institutions.

Barry Eichengreen

Much of the literature on the financial crisis finds economists talking past one another. It is refreshing, therefore, to find some of our leading economists engaging one another, thoughtfully and fully, in this volume. Their fundamental concern is how to ensure that finance serves society rather than the other way around. Their contributions to answering this question should help to point discussions of post-crisis reform in a more productive direction.

From the Publisher

"In this extremely readable and thought-provoking volume, two of America's leading financial experts provide an excellent roadmap to financial reform after Dodd-Frank. Their recommendations make this a timeless must-read for everyone concerned with the efficiency and stability of our financial markets and institutions." Robert E. Litan , Vice President, Research and Policy, The Kauffman Foundation, and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution

"Much of the literature on the financial crisis finds economists talking past one another. It is refreshing, therefore, to find some of our leading economists engaging one another, thoughtfully and fully, in this volume. Their fundamental concern is how to ensure that finance serves society rather than the other way around. Their contributions to answering this question should help to point discussions of post-crisis reform in a more productive direction." Barry Eichengreen , George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California,Berkeley

Endorsement

Much of the literature on the financial crisis finds economists talking past one another. It is refreshing, therefore, to find some of our leading economists engaging one another, thoughtfully and fully, in this volume. Their fundamental concern is how to ensure that finance serves society rather than the other way around. Their contributions to answering this question should help to point discussions of post-crisis reform in a more productive direction.

Barry Eichengreen, George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

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