econlife on ‘Regulation’

In a market economy, regulation can help or hinder economic activity. Looking at topics that include the environment, financial instruments and anti-trust and past and present Supreme Court cases, econlife considers regulation when it investigates the US market economy.

  • Crisis Autopsy

    Apr 9, 10 • 176 Views • Economic History, Financial Markets, RegulationNo Comments

    In an October NY Times op-ed, Calvin Trillin describes a (hypothetical) conversation in a midtown bar about the financial crisis. “The financial system nearly collapsed because smart guys had started working on Wall Street.” By contrast,

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    A History of Financial Regulation

    Apr 4, 10 • 169 Views • Financial Markets, RegulationNo Comments

    The Plunge Protection Team is composed of the chair of the Federal Reserve, the Secretary of the Treasury, the SEC, and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.  Officially called the Working Group on Financial Markets, this group was formed after the

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    A One-Handed Economist?

    Mar 20, 10 • 170 Views • Economic History, Financial Markets, Innovation, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Let’s not look at CDOs, SIVs, ARMs, TIPs or ATMs. Nor do we need specifically to consider credit default swaps, securitization, hedge funds or venture capital. Instead, we can go to the question that Robert Litan asks at the end of his 47 page Brookings

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    Legislative Jeopardy

    Mar 16, 10 • 159 Views • Economic History, RegulationNo Comments

    Between 1932 and 1934, the Senate’s Pecora Commission, named after its general counsel, amassed 12,000 pages of testimony.  Its focus was the impact of stock exchange practices on banking, securities, and commerce.  Subsequent

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    Unintended Consequences

    Mar 15, 10 • 166 Views • Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    New rules might not always have the results regulators expect.  Starting on April 29, any airplane that sits on the tarmac for longer than 3 hours will be fined up to $27,500 per passenger.  For a Boeing 737, that could mean $4 million.