Summary of Structuring Finance to Enhance Economic Growth and Stability

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Structuring Finance to Enhance Economic Growth and Stability summary
The most commonly suggested financial industry reforms could have significant economic costs.

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Governments responded symptomatically to the 2008 financial crisis and spent little time examining the structure and rationale of the financial system and its relationship to regulatory reform. The Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution brought together experts and analysts from the US Federal Reserve System, universities and the financial industry to discuss fundamental issues related to the structure of finance. Among those participating were Daniel Tarullo, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the leader of the Fed’s financial reform efforts; Martin Baily, former chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; and Donald Kohn, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Baily and Kohn are senior fellows at Brookings. They and other speakers expressed a variety of opinions but all agreed on the need for more extensive research about a range of fiscal issues. getAbstract recommends this informed discussion to anyone who wants an overview of the debate about the US financial industry and its reform.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the structure of the financial industry and its reform are intricately related
  • Why breaking up large banks and restricting their activities may not benefit the economy or society
  • Why economic experts agree on the need for more research
 

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Peculiarities and Purpose
Financial industry reform in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis has centered on preventing what went wrong then from happening again. But that response ignores an opportunity to ask basic questions about the proper purpose and structure of the financial sector...
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Douglas J. Elliott is a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC.


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