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  • Preface to the Paperback Edition ix Preface xiii Acknowledgments xvii 1 The Emperors of Banking Have No Clothes 1 PART I Borrowing, Banking, and Risk 15 2 How Borrowing Magnifies Risk 17 3 The Dark Side of Borrowing 32 4 Is It Really "A Wonderful Life"? 46 5 Banking Dominos 60 PART II The Case for More Bank Equity 79 6 What Can Be Done? 81 7 Is Equity Expensive? 100 8 Paid to Gamble 115 9 Sweet Subsidies 129 10 Must Banks Borrow So Much? 148 PART III Moving Forward 167 11 If Not Now, When? 169 12 The Politics of Banking 192 13 Other People's Money 208 Notes 229 References 337 Index 363.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691162386 20160618
The past few years have shown that risks in banking can impose significant costs on the economy. Many claim, however, that a safer banking system would require sacrificing lending and economic growth. The Bankers' New Clothes examines this claim and the narratives used by bankers, politicians, and regulators to rationalize the lack of reform, exposing them as invalid. Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig argue that we can have a safer and healthier banking system without sacrificing any of its benefits, and at essentially no cost to society. They seek to engage the broader public in the debate by cutting through the jargon of banking, clearing the fog of confusion, and presenting the issues in simple and accessible terms.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691162386 20160618
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ECON-143-02, MS&E-147-02, POLISCI-127A-02, PUBLPOL-143-02