Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

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In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, many comAsmonly held beliefs have emerged to explain its cause. Conventional wisdom blames Wall Street and the mortgage industry for using low down payAsments, teaser rates, and other predatory tactics to seduce unsuspecting home owners into assuming mortgages they couldn't afford. It blames average Americans for borrowing recklessly and spendAsing too much. And it blames the tax policies and deregulatory environment of the Reagan and Bush administrations for encouraging reckless risk taking by wealthy individuals and financial institutions. But according to Unintended Consequences, the conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of facing a slew of unintended-and potentially dangerous-consequences.Figure 5-5: U.S. Bank Assets as a Percent of GDP Relative to Other Developed Economies a€œThe Devila#39;s Punchbowl, a€ The Economist, July 11, 2009, 55. ... Figure 6-1: Growth of U.S. Money Market Funds a€œSleep Therapy, a€ The Economist, June 27, 2009, 81. ... Year 2012, a€ U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2011, http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/hist .pdf;anbsp;...

Title:Unintended Consequences
Author:Edward Conard
Publisher:Penguin - 2012-05-07


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