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Too Big to Fail: The Transatlantic Debate

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  • Morris Goldstein

    (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  • Nicolas Veron

    (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

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Although the United States and the European Union were both seriously impacted by the financial crisis of 2007, resulting policy debates and regulatory responses have differed considerably on the two sides of the Atlantic. In this paper the authors examine the debates on the problem posed by “too big to fail” financial institutions. They identify variations in historical experiences, financial system structures, and political institutions that help one understand the differences of approaches between the United States, EU member states, and the EU institutions in addressing this problem. The authors then turn to possible remedies and how they may be differentially implemented in America and Europe. They conclude on which policy developments are likely in the near future.

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  • Morris Goldstein & Nicolas Veron, 2011. "Too Big to Fail: The Transatlantic Debate," Working Paper Series WP11-2, Peterson Institute for International Economics.
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    Keywords

    banks; comparative political economy; financial regulation; microprudential policy; too-big-to-fail;
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    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration

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