Labor Day

September 3, 2010 by staff 

Labor Day, The financial crisis committee of inquiry of the books asked Bernanke on Thursday or scholarly articles recommended reading abut the financial crisis and its consequences. The Fed chief gave four suggestions and said he would return to the committee with ideas.

Bernanke Here is four suggestions:

1. Academic work of Yale economist Gary Gorton, “The Panic of 2007,” about the attraction of new commercial paper market in the summer of 2007 and the way they had all the characteristics of a traditional bank run, except that was occurring in the “shadow” banking sector and investment banks off-balance sheet vehicles. Gorton paper was presented at the 2008 Jackson Hole Economic Summit in August, which is annoying. Next month’s events made the panic of 2007 was more like a picnic. Gorton’s document is 132 pages and can be read here.

Markus Brunnermeier Princeton economist not has one, but two shout-outs from Bernanke. The Fed chief recommended a couple of article Brunnermeier looking for the causes of the crisis and a possible cure.

2. The first document is titled “Deciphering the 2007-08 Liquidity and Credit Crunch” and was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives in 2009. The 77-pager is a broad view of how the mortgage crisis became a calamity in the whole financial system as a whole. In his testimony, Bernanke noted that the document is about the problems in the market “repo” as particularly noteworthy. Here is the paper.

3. Brunnermeier second document, which he wrote with a president of the New York Fed vice called Tobias Adrian, develops a measure of the systemic risks of a business. The paper currencies of COVAR term – a derivative of the famous “value at risk” used by individual banks to assess their financial risk. COVAR measures the risk of a bank for the entire financial system in times of stress.

4. For something a little lighter, Bernanke recommended “Lords of Finance,”the nonfiction book of 2009 by Liaquat Ahamed, who narrates the plight of the world’s major central banks which led to the Great Depression. The crisis then he asks one of those “gentlemen” Montagu Norman, head of the Bank of England to declare in 1931 that “the capitalist system throughout the civilized world will be affected in a year.” Bernanke’s recommendation is high praise considering that he is a Great Depression scholar.

In nearly every day, Bernanke can move markets in each sentence. But so far, “Lords of Finance”, has shot to the top of the charts. 2011 occupies in the list of Amazon’s bestseller.

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