Posts Tagged ‘financial reform’

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    The Cost of Seat Belts

    Nov 6, 11 • 281 Views • No Comments

    Can we assume that seat belts make us safer? Maybe. Writing about seat belts in 1975, University of Chicago economist Sam Peltzman described what we now call the Peltzman Effect. Sam Peltzman said that yes, seat belts do make us safer. However, making us...  [read more]

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    Figuring Out Financial Regulation

    Jul 18, 10 • 238 Views • No Comments

    Words cannot describe the 2300 pages of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In a way, because it says so much, it tells us very little. Still though, after looking at the bill and several news summaries, I wanted to share some main...  [read more]

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    The Marshmallow Test and Financial Reform

    Jun 27, 10 • 247 Views • No Comments

    Is it possible that the marshmallow test relates to financial reform? As described in a 2009 New Yorker article by Jonah Lehrer and a WNYC Radio Lab podcast, a marshmallow test given to 4 year olds might predict adult behavior. 40 years ago, psychologist...  [read more]

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    Airplane Crashes and Financial Crashes

    May 19, 10 • 221 Views • No Comments

    When an airplane crashes, investigators rush to the scene, gather evidence, and ultimately hope to emerge with updated safety suggestions. It would be wonderful if we, when assessing the “flash crash” or slower stock market dives, could also...  [read more]

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    Max Bialystock and CDOs

    Apr 27, 10 • 249 Views • No Comments

    Comparing the deal to Bialystock, Bloom, and Springtime For Hitler in The Producers, NPR’s This American Life looked at how a Chicago hedge fund made money on seemingly unprofitable CDO transactions. Available as a podcast, the...  [read more]