The Finance, Law, and Economics working group is glad to invite you to our next webinar, in which we will discuss an IMF Working Paper entitled: Regulatory Cycles: Revisiting the Political Economy of Financial Crises. Jihad Dagher, its author, will share with us the multidisciplinary approach followed in the paper, which combines rich historical insights in order to shed light on the complex interplay between politics and financial policy
Financial crises are traditionally analyzed as purely economic phenomena. The political economy of financial booms and busts remains both under-emphasized and limited to isolated episodes. This paper examines the political economy of financial policy during ten of the most infamous financial booms and busts since the 18th century, and presents consistent evidence of pro-cyclical regulatory policies by governments. Financial booms, and risk-taking during these episodes, were often amplified by political regulatory stimuli, credit subsidies, and an increasing light-touch approach to financial supervision. The regulatory backlash that ensues from financial crises can only be understood in the context of the deep political ramifications of these crises. Post-crisis regulations do not always survive the following boom. The interplay between politics and financial policy over these cycles deserves further attention. History suggests that politics can be the undoing of macro-prudential regulations.
Join us online on June 4, 18:00 CEST https://ysd.ineteconomics.org/project/5ce55071b72598149bac43d2/event/5ce55116b72598149bac43d6