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Financial Regulation Going Forward

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  • Franklin Allen

    (Professor, University of Pennsylvania(E-mail: allenf@wharton.upenn.edu))

  • Elena Carletti

    (Professor, European University Institute(E-mail: Elena.Carletti@EUI.eu))

Abstract

The financial sector is heavily regulated in order to prevent financial crises. The recent crisis showed how ineffective this regulation and other types of government intervention were in achieving this aim. We argue that the crisis was primarily caused by housing price bubbles. These occurred because of too loose monetary policies and the easy availability of credit resulting from the build up of large foreign exchange reserves by Asian central banks. A number of regulatory reforms are suggested. It is also argued that central banks need to have more checks and balances. Finally, the international financial architecture needs to be changed so that Asian countries do not feel the need to accumulate large foreign exchange reserves.

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Paper provided by Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan in its series IMES Discussion Paper Series with number 10-E-18.

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