Restoring Financial Stability: How to Repair a Failed System (Wiley Finance)

Author: New York University Stern School of Business
Publisher: Wiley
Released: 2009

Editorial Reviews:
The authors are highly respected economic historians whose deep command of the specialist literature shines through. Their ideas are clearly presented, and effectively harness historical example to address one of the great questions of this age: why are some economies successful, and others not? Their answer will command attention among policy makers and scholars alike.
--Stephan R. Epstein, London School of Economics

The authors mobilize their impressive knowledge of economic history to examine contemporary issues of policy and theory. The result is an outstanding volume, richly rewarding to people in several different disciplines.
--Peter Gourevitch, University of California, San Diego

The authors' approach is open and accessible to general readers. The text is not bogged down with economic theory or arcana, while still presenting important and fundamental economic concepts in an understandable fashion. The book also addresses head-on the challenge of providing a political economy model of the interaction of politics and economics. It is to be strongly recommended.
--John Joseph Wallis, University of Maryland

Surviving Large Losses is an extremely learned book, one that draws on the authors' deep knowledge of economics and history. It ranges across the history of Western Europe, the United States, Korea, Japan, China, and Latin America--and it does so with elegance. It develops, in a language accessible to non-specialists, models about complicated topics in economic theory.
--Stephen Haber, Stanford University

The excitement of Surviving Large Losses is not easy to convey. It is a different kind of thinking cap, that's all. On every page it reflects the substantial changes wrought by political economists during the past thirty years or so in the way we understand the sources of the wealth and poverty of nations. It delivers a profoundly optimistic message, however--that eventually we get wise to ourselves; that gradually financial knavery is reduced; that by learning from our mistakes we are creating a more stable financial order, and perhaps even a more just world.
--David Warsh (

The authors of this book, academics in the fields of history, social sciences, and economics, have done more than write a history of financial crises; rather, they explain the nature of these crises by putting economic theory into plain English.
--R. J. Phillips (Choice)

This is a timely book. It is also provocative in trying to do something no one has done before, namely provide a comprehensive political economy analysis of several centuries of financial crises and their effects on the development of financial systems. It aims to bridge the gap between the modern economics literature on finance and growth, and more traditional historical studies...Surviving Large Losses is a step forward in the social-scientific analysis of financial crises and historical financial development.
--Richard Sylla (Journal of Economic History)

Product Description:
An insightful look at how to reform our broken financial system

The financial crisis that unfolded in September 2008 transformed the United States and world economies. As each day's headlines brought stories of bank failures and rescues, government policies drawn and redrawn against the backdrop of an historic Presidential election, and solutions that seemed to be discarded almost as soon as they were proposed, a group of thirty-three academics at New York University Stern School of Business began tackling the hard questions behind the headlines. Representing fields of finance, economics, and accounting, these professors-led by Dean Thomas Cooley and Vice Dean Ingo Walter-shaped eighteen independent policy papers that proposed market-focused solutions to the problems within a common framework. In December, with great urgency, they sent hand-bound copies to Washington. Restoring Financial Stability is the culmination of their work.

  • Proposes bold, yet principled approaches-including financial policy alternatives and specific courses of action-to deal with this unprecedented, systemic financial crisis
  • Created by the contributions of various academics from New York University's Stern School of Business
  • Provides important perspectives on both the causes of the global financial crisis as well as proposed solutions to ensure it doesn't happen again
  • Contains detailed evaluations and analyses covering many spectrums of the marketplace

Edited by Matthew Richardson and Viral Acharya, this reliable resource brings together the best thinking of finance and economics from the faculty of one of the top universities in world.

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