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Banking Deregulation and the Financial Crisis in the US and France


  • Esther Jeffers

    () (Département Economie-Gestion, University of Paris, Laboratoire d’économie dionysien (LED), 2 rue de la Liberté, 93526, Saint-Denis, cedex, France.)


Financial deregulation played a key role in changes on an international scale. This article examines the impact of deregulation on the business practices of banks. I compare the United States and France between the early 1980s and the 2007–2008 crisis and show the effects of similar policies in different contexts. I find that in both cases banks turned to new financing techniques, took greater risks, and were a major cause of the crisis. However, the process assumed different forms due to the initial contexts and the respective roles of banks and financial markets in the economy. The path used by each country has necessarily influenced the outcome.

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  • Esther Jeffers, 2013. "Banking Deregulation and the Financial Crisis in the US and France," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 55(3), pages 479-500, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:55:y:2013:i:3:p:479-500

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