No Substitute for the 'P'-Word in Financial Rescue
AbstractThree months and three-hundred billion dollars of bank rescue efforts have gotten bogged down in a widespread and irrational fear among policymakers: the fear of trying to put a price on banks’ troubled assets. So profound is this fear that the Bush Treasury opted instead for the “suitcase approach,” where large sums of cash were delivered to banks (solvent and insolvent alike) with few strings attached. The government needs to restore the banking sector, while protecting the interests of taxpayers. There is no substitute for the P-word.
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Date of creation: 2009
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- Ausubel Lawrence M & Cramton Peter, 2009. "No Substitute for the "P" Word in Financial Rescue," The Economists' Voice, De Gruyter, vol. 6(2), pages 1-3, February.
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- G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
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