Guardians Of Finance: Making Regulators Work For Us by James R. BarthGuardians Of Finance: Making Regulators Work For Us by James R. Barth

Guardians Of Finance: Making Regulators Work For Us

byJames R. Barth, Gerard Caprio, Ross Levine

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The recent financial crisis was an accident, a "perfect storm" fueled by an unforeseeable confluence of events that unfortunately combined to bring down the global financial systems. Or at least this is the story told and retold by a chorus of luminaries that includes Timothy Geithner, Henry Paulson, Robert Rubin, Ben Bernanke, and Alan Greenspan.

In Guardians of Finance, economists James Barth, Gerard Caprio, and Ross Levine argue that the financial meltdown of 2007 to 2009 was no accident; it was negligent homicide. They show that senior regulatory officials around the world knew or should have known that their policies were destabilizing the global financial system and yet chose not to act until the crisis had fully emerged.

Barth, Caprio, and Levine propose a reform to counter this systemic failure: the establishment of a "Sentinel" to provide an informed, expert, and independent assessment of financial regulation. Its sole power would be to demand information and to evaluate it from the perspective of the public--rather than that of the financial industry, the regulators, or politicians.

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James R. Barth is Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University and Senior Finance Fellow at the Milken Institute. Gerard Caprio Jr. is William Brough Professor of Economics and Chair of the Center for Development Economics at Williams College. Ross Levine is the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance at the University o...
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Title:Guardians Of Finance: Making Regulators Work For UsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:August 29, 2014Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262526840

ISBN - 13:9780262526845

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For those involved in policy formulation and regulation, whether at national or international level, in government or financial institutions, this is compulsory reading.