Summary of The Regulatory Responses to the Global Financial Crisis

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The Regulatory Responses to the Global Financial Crisis summary
Answers to the global financial crisis – and to the question of how to avoid another one – remain elusive.


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The economic crisis that rocked the world in 2008 has left many wondering about the global financial system’s stability. Is another major shock to the system lurking around the corner? This paper from Stijn Claessens and Laura Kodres, economists at the International Monetary Fund, provides a wake-up call to those who think that policy makers have even identified – much less addressed – all the problems that led to the most recent financial crisis. While the report is short on specific solutions, and its economic jargon and grammatical issues make for a somewhat sluggish read, the breadth of its examination of critical issues makes it a worthwhile addition to the ever-growing literature on global financial reform. getAbstract recommends this comprehensive analysis to bankers, market participants and policy makers interested in understanding the continuing systemic flaws within global financial markets and the directions society might take to tackle these failings.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How systemic flaws in global markets contributed to the 2008 financial crisis
  • How political agendas and other factors present roadblocks to a worldwide, coordinated financial reform effort
  • What steps policy makers should consider to coordinate regulations and head off future financial crises


A World in Crisis
For most market participants, the financial crisis of 2008 was sudden and unexpected in light of what appeared to be adequate financial regulation and corporate risk controls within sound, well-run financial markets and institutions. The crisis and its aftermath highlighted...
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About the Authors

Stijn Claessens and Laura Kodres are economists at the International Monetary Fund, a global organization that provides advice and financing to IMF member states in economic difficulties and works to reduce poverty in developing nations.

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