Monthly Archives: August 2010

Propublica’s Coverage of Bank Self-Dealing and the Supercharged Financial Crisis

I think it’s very useful to split the question of the housing bubble from the broken financial markets in evaluating the crisis, and then examine how each influenced each other. The financial markets are supposed to aggregate information across a … Continue reading

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Labor Economics by Cahuc/Zylberberg is an excellent textbook.

So after being in limbo for many, many months, all my stuff has finally been shipped to the East Coast. And this allows me to go through books that have been in storage for over half a year. One of … Continue reading

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15 years of Cato Financial Deregulation

Well this is fascinating. Looking at the Cato Handbook for Policymakers, which has 7 editions online starting from 1995, the chapters on financial regulation is a fascinating walk down memory lane. They aren’t in every edition, but they are in … Continue reading

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Government Regulation and the Financial Crisis

There’s a recent exchange between two writers at the Economist’s Democracy in America blog that comes after a previous exchange about the role of inequality and the role of the government in the recent financial crisis. The first by M.S. … Continue reading

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David Dayen’s Portrait of HAMP Failures

David Dayen at FireDogLake is doing a great job with a series Portrait of HAMP Failure (Four Parts so far, Part One, Two, Three, Four.) The key is in the title of the first post: “It Makes Your Financial Situation … Continue reading

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Synergy Between Cato and Koch Industry Lobbyists on the FinReg bill?

I’d highly recommend Jane Mayer’s New Yorker piece, Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama, about David and Charles Koch, lifelong libertarians that have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes. … Continue reading

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Interfluidity at Treasury

Steve Waldman wrote up last Monday’s Treasury meeting in a must read post. I wish I had written it, it captures both the meeting and how Treasury looked to people on our side of the meeting. When it comes to … Continue reading

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