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Today's financial crisis is the result of dismal failures on the part of regulators, market analysts, and corporate executives. Yet the response of the American government has been to bail out the very institutions and individuals that have wrought such havoc upon the nation. Are such massive bailouts really called for? Can they succeed?

Robert E. Wright and his colleagues provide an unbiased history of government bailouts and a frank assessment of their effectiveness. Their book recounts colonial America's struggle to rectify the first dangerous real estate bubble and the British government's counterproductive response. It explains how Alexander Hamilton allowed central banks and other lenders to bail out distressed but sound businesses without rewarding or encouraging the risky ones. And it shows how, in the second half of the twentieth century, governments began to bail out distressed companies, industries, and even entire economies in ways that subsidized risk takers while failing to reinvigorate the economy. By peering into the historical uses of public money to save private profit, this volume suggests better ways to control risk in the future.

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Health at Risk: America's Ailing Health System--and How to Heal ItEdited by Jacob S. Hacker

Laid Off, Laid Low: Political and Economic Consequences of Employment InsecurityEdited by Katherine S. Newman

Pensions, Social Security, and the Privatization of RiskEdited by Mitchell A. Orenstein

Synopsis:

Today's financial crisis was caused by the dismal failures of regulators, market analysts, and corporate executives, yet the response of the American government has been to bail out the very institutions and individuals that have wrought such havoc upon the nation. Are such massive bailouts really called for? Are they capable of success?

Helping to make sense of this hotly debated issue, Robert E. Wright and his colleagues provide an unbiased history of government bailouts and a frank assessment of their effectiveness. This book depicts colonial America's struggle with the country's first dangerous real estate bubble, as well as the British government's counterproductive response, which limited trade and shrank the money supply. It explains how Alexander Hamilton saved a young nation by allowing central banks and other lenders to bail out distressed but sound businesses without rewarding or encouraging the risky ones. And it shows how, in the second half of the twentieth century, governments began to bail out distressed companies, industries, and even entire economies in ways that subsidized risk takers at the expense of taxpayers, while interventions made over the past four decades have failed to reinvigorate sagging economies. By peering into America's use of public money to save private profit, this volume demystifies the challenges now facing the Obama administration and offers better ways to control risk in the future. Anyone touched by our present economic crisis will find a trove of useful information in this book.

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ISBN:
9780231150552
Author:
Wright, Robert E
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Editor:
Wright, Robert E.
Author:
Wright, Robert E.
Subject:
Banks & Banking
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Financial crises -- United States.
Subject:
Bank failures -- United States.
Subject:
Business-Banking
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Edition Description:
Privatization of Risk
Series:
Columbia / Ssrc Book
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Dimensions:
8.10x5.40x.50 in. .55 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Today's financial crisis was caused by the dismal failures of regulators, market analysts, and corporate executives, yet the response of the American government has been to bail out the very institutions and individuals that have wrought such havoc upon the nation. Are such massive bailouts really called for? Are they capable of success?

Helping to make sense of this hotly debated issue, Robert E. Wright and his colleagues provide an unbiased history of government bailouts and a frank assessment of their effectiveness. This book depicts colonial America's struggle with the country's first dangerous real estate bubble, as well as the British government's counterproductive response, which limited trade and shrank the money supply. It explains how Alexander Hamilton saved a young nation by allowing central banks and other lenders to bail out distressed but sound businesses without rewarding or encouraging the risky ones. And it shows how, in the second half of the twentieth century, governments began to bail out distressed companies, industries, and even entire economies in ways that subsidized risk takers at the expense of taxpayers, while interventions made over the past four decades have failed to reinvigorate sagging economies. By peering into America's use of public money to save private profit, this volume demystifies the challenges now facing the Obama administration and offers better ways to control risk in the future. Anyone touched by our present economic crisis will find a trove of useful information in this book.

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