Banking Fragility and Financial Crises
Canadian Business Law Journal, Volume 57, December 2015: pp. 254-269.
16 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2016
Date Written: December 2015
The history of banking crises grows richer with each passing decade, indeed with each passing year. Theories abound: the inherent instability of fractional reserve systems, systemic shocks that overwhelm risk management defenses, myopic optimism, a failure to regulate enough, too much regulation (creating moral hazard), a failure of regulators, a failure of bankers (due to greed, which stands in apposition to the "greed is good" school of thought), and so forth. This Review Essay considers alternative theories with a fresh motivation from Charles Calomiris and Stephen Haber’s book, "Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises & Scarce Credit."
Keywords: banks, fragility, financial crises, game of bank bargains, regulation
JEL Classification: G21, G28
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