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Lessons from the Crisis

In: Balancing the Banks: Global Lessons from the Financial Crisis

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  • Mathias Dewatripont

    (Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Center for Economic Policy and Research)

  • Jean-Charles Rochet

    (University of Toulouse I)

  • Jean Tirole

    (Toulouse School of Economics
    Toulouse’s Industrial Economics Institute
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Abstract

The financial crisis that began in 2007 in the United States swept the world, producing substantial bank failures and forcing unprecedented state aid for the crippled global financial system. Bringing together three leading financial economists to provide an international perspective, Balancing the Banks draws critical lessons from the causes of the crisis and proposes important regulatory reforms, including sound guidelines for the ways in which distressed banks might be dealt with in the future. While some recent policy moves go in the right direction, others, the book argues, are not sufficient to prevent another crisis. The authors show the necessity of an adaptive prudential regulatory system that can better address financial innovation. Stressing the numerous and complex challenges faced by politicians, finance professionals, and regulators, and calling for reinforced international coordination (for example, in the treatment of distressed banks), the authors put forth a number of principles to deal with issues regarding the economic incentives of financial institutions, the impact of economic shocks, and the role of political constraints. Offering a global perspective, Balancing the Banks should be read by anyone concerned with solving the current crisis and preventing another such calamity in the future.

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  • Mathias Dewatripont & Jean-Charles Rochet & Jean Tirole, 2010. "Lessons from the Crisis," Introductory Chapters, in: Balancing the Banks: Global Lessons from the Financial Crisis, Princeton University Press.
  • Handle: RePEc:pup:chapts:9155-2
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    1. Grodecka, Anna & Kenny, Seán & Ögren, Anders, 2018. "Predictors of Bank Distress:The 1907 Crisis in Sweden," Working Paper Series 358, Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden).

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