Francesco Columba, Wanda Cornacchia, Carmelo Salleo, 01 July 2009

As discussed in the first column in this series, greater leverage and incentives encouraging managers to take excessive risks drove a pro-cyclical new financial accelerator. This column discusses policy options to keep those forces in check.

Francesco Columba, Wanda Cornacchia, Carmelo Salleo, 30 June 2009

The current crisis has made obvious the power of the financial sector to amplify business cycle dynamics. This column, the first half of a series, focuses on how leverage, capital regulation, and managers’ incentives contributed to the crisis.

Axel Leijonhufvud, 12 January 2009

This column explains how lack of regulation and failed monetary policy caused the failure of financial markets and then illustrates the banking crisis with simple arithmetic. It concludes that the automatic adjustment of free markets is ineffective in producing a recovery from this recession.

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