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Structuring the Financial Industry to Enhance Economic Growth and Stability

In light of the financial crisis and ensuing severe recession, Western governments are in the process of sharply transforming the laws and regulations for banks and other financial institutions. Yet, recent scandals and problems at major banks have given new life to calls for major structural changes beyond Dodd-Frank, Basel III and other banking reforms, including a return to Glass-Steagall’s restrictions on activities at banking groups or breaking up the largest banks. Any such changes would have significant implications for economic growth and stability, given the central role of finance in lubricating the gears of the economy.

On December 4, the Economic Studies program at Brookings held a conference to review the social purposes of finance, the current structure of the financial industry, and various reform proposals. Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo delivered the keynote address, along with presentations by Brookings Senior Fellows Martin Baily and Donald Kohn.

Read a summary of the event by Douglas Elliott »


Panel One: The Current and Historical Organization of Finance


Nicolas Véron

Visiting Fellow - Peterson Institute for International Economics

Keynote Address

Introduction and Presentation: The Economic Role of the Financial Industry in the U.S.

Panel Two: The Future


Charles Calomiris

Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions - Columbia University

Concluding Remarks

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