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Blogs - May 2012

Economists, Liquidity Mongers and the Banker Assault on Financial Reform by Gerald Epstein
Wed, 2012-05-02 10:28
Bankers and their lobbyists and economists help grease the skids not just with money – but with terms of “econ-speak” such as “cost-benefit analysis”, and most commonly, “liquidity”. Used and manipulated by the wrong hands, such boring and innocuous sounding concepts can turn dangerous, even fatal in the banker battle against safer financial regulation.

Building Effective Regulation Requires a Theory of Financial Instability by Dimitri Papadimitriou
Wed, 2012-05-09 12:27
The framework for reregulation must start with an understanding of the longer-term systemic changes that took place between the New Deal reforms—principally, the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933—and their formal repeal under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999.

Closer, Ever Closer by Anoop Singh
Fri, 2012-05-18 12:37
A major financial shock—say, of type ignited by the bankruptcy of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008—is likely to have a substantial impact on Asia. The reason: Asia’s increasing financial interconnectedness.

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