Posts Tagged ‘public finance’

Last week I had the opportunity to opine on this question at a lively conference on the financial crisis sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the World Bank.  Since I spoke about things I’ve been meaning to blog about for some time, I decided to post the transcript here.  Apologies that the tone is more Fed-esque than the usual posting, but here goes…

Where do we go from here?

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.  And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  Rahm Emanuel, Feb. 2009

I would like to touch briefly on two issues in answer to the question posed for this session:  first, the integration of housing finance into the financial and regulatory mainstream; and second, the need to modernize budgetary and regulatory accounting.   I chose these topics for several reasons: they are important; they get less attention than is deserved; and I have thought quite a bit about them from both an academic and policy perspective. (more…)

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The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has just announced its intention to double its investment in equities to 45 percent of its $67 billion portfolio.  This decision flies in the face of responsible financial management, which in this case calls for avoiding equities entirely, or even better, taking a short position in the stock market.

PBGC’s decision to gamble for solvency is such a bad idea, and is motivated by such perverse institutional incentives, that I’d like to commemorate it by making it the topic of this first blog entry. (more…)

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