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The Credit Crunch of 2007–08: Lessons Private and Public

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  • William Poole

The current financial crisis has much in common with past crises. Poor investment strategies with respect to risk as well as poor evaluation have contributed to the current crisis. This paper presents the lessons to be learned by the private and public sectors. Why do crises keep happening? Mismatch of assets—long-term liabilities offset by short-term assets—can be profitable but is risky, and robust strategies must be able to cope with the risk. A number of measures can and should be taken by private financial entities for their own sake as well as that of the entire financial system. With respect to the public sector, one should be wary of expanding the role of regulation. What should be done, however, is to make sure that public policies are pursued through on-budget spending and taxation rather than through off-budget initiatives, such as encouraging government-sponsored enterprises to accumulate subprime debt in order to further public policy objectives. It would also be useful to reduce overall levels of private debt by reducing tax incentives to borrow.Business Economics (2009) 44, 38–40. doi:10.1057/be.2008.1

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan & National Association for Business Economics in its journal Business Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 38-40

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Handle: RePEc:pal:buseco:v:44:y:2009:i:1:p:38-40
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