Friday, September 2, 2011

When Financial Sectors Become “Too Large”

At the end of July Alan Greenspan published an Op Ed arguing that tighter financial regulation and capital standards will lead to the accumulation of “idle resources that are not otherwise engaged in the production of goods and services” and are instead devoted “to fending off once-in-50 or 100-year crises” resulting in an “excess of buffers at the expense of our standards of living.”...

....While former Chairman Greenspan implicitly assumed that stricter regulation will have a negative effect on financial intermediation and depress future GDP growth, our results suggest that there are many countries for which tighter credit standards could actually increase growth.

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