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Financial Regulation and Stability

Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis Charles Goodhart, Emeritus Professor of Banking and Finance, and long-standing member of the Financial Markets Group, at the London School of Economics, UK and Dimitrios P. Tsomocos, Professor in Financial Economics and Fellow in Management, Saïd Business School and St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, UK
This book addresses the interaction of monetary and regulatory policy to achieve the important goal of price and financial stability. The authors show how financial stability can be assessed and measured continuously, and discuss the interrelationships between liquidity and default. Without default there would be no concern about liquidity. But the financial crisis was not just a liquidity problem, and requires a general equilibrium model. Their general equilibrium analysis demonstrates how policy should depend on understanding all the relevant factors.
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78897 364 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Financial Economics and Regulation
  • Money and Banking
Charles Goodhart and Dimitrios P. Tsomocos examine the interaction of monetary and regulatory policy to achieve the important goals of price and financial stability. Their focus is on the relationship between liquidity and default in the post-crisis context, with special emphasis on macroprudential regulation.

Exploring how financial stability can be continually assessed and measured, Financial Regulation and Stability discusses the interrelationships between liquidity and default. Without default there would be no concern about liquidity. But the financial crisis was not just a liquidity problem, it requires a general equilibrium model. The authors’ model delineates all the potential interrelationships between the real and financial sectors of the economy, with special emphasis on the interaction between liquidity and default.

Economists and central bankers will greatly benefit from the practical advice offered in this book to aid financial stability. Advanced students of financial economics will also find this a vital read to understand the consequences of the 2007–8 financial crisis in more depth and the lessons to be learnt.
‘This is a most useful book which nicely combines theory and practice. In it the authors provide a framework which helps us better understand the nature of modern financial crises and how monetary and regulatory policies interact in delivering price and financial stability. Certainly worth reading by academics, policymakers and all those interested in deepening their knowledge of how modern financial systems work in both good and bad times.’
– José Viñals, Standard Chartered, UK

‘This collection of papers is a remarkable tour de force. Goodhart and Tsomocos have made pioneering steps toward understanding the causes of financial crises and showing how the financial system can be regulated to reduce and mitigate them. A must-read for anyone interested in financial stability.’
– Doyne Farmer, University of Oxford, UK

‘Today almost everyone realizes the crucial importance of liquidity, a painful lesson taught by the global financial crisis. This collection records that Goodhart and Tsomocos were early and persistent voices, initially in the wilderness but now almost mainstream, showing the way forward by clothing old wisdom in new modelling.’
– Perry G. Mehrling, Columbia University, US

‘The 2008 global financial crisis not only damaged the world economy, it also left in the dust most of the prevailing approaches to macroeconomics. Core models which dominated the previous decades of academic research had fatally disregarded the complex workings of the financial sector. Sifting through this intellectual wreckage forms the ongoing work for the next generation of macroeconomic theorists and empiricists. Among those leading the way forward are Charles Goodhart and Dimitrios Tsomocos. This outstanding compilation of their work showcases nontrivial models of banking, well-grounded concepts of liquidity and default, and lessons for equilibrium, regulation, and monetary policy in a set of tractable and insightful frameworks.’
– Alan M. Taylor, University of California, Davis, US

‘This volume gathers in one place the key contributions of Goodhart and Tsomocos on the interplay between capital and liquidity regulations and related macroprudential tools, all in their trademark setting of a fully-fledged multi-period general equilibrium model. The command of the authors over the theory is complemented by their insightful applications of their ideas to recent events. It is required reading for theorists and practitioners alike.’
– Hyun Song Shin, Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Switzerland

‘Default plays a determining role in the operation of financial markets and the allocation of resources under uncertainty. Martin Shubik pointed out the importance of default long ago, but it is recent work, most prominently by John Geanakoplos, that has placed default in the mainstream of research. Goodhart and Tsomocos incorporate theoretical insights into operational models of monetary policy and, in particular, of financial regulation.’
– Herakles Polemarchakis, University of Warwick, UK
Contents: 1. Introduction By Charles A. E. Goodhart and Dimitrios P. Tsomocos 2. “Principles for Macroprudential Regulation”, (A.K. Kashyap, D.P. Tsomocos and A.P. Vardoulakis), Banque de France Financial Stability Review, No.18, pp. 173-182, April 3. “The Macroprudential Toolkit”, (R. Berner, A. Kashyap and C.A.E. Goodhart), I.M.F. Economic Review, Vol. 59, No 2, 2011 4. “Financial Regulation in General Equilibrium”, (C.A.E. Goodhart, A.K. Kashyap, D.P. Tsomocos and A.P. Vardoulakis), NBER WP17909, University of Oxford, Said Business School, 2011 5. “An Integrated Framework for Multiple Financial Regulations”, (C.A.E.Goodhart, A.K. Kashyap, D.P. Tsomocos and A.P. Vardoulakis), International Journal of Central Banking, Vol. 9, Supplement 1, pp.109-143, 2013 6. “The Lender of Last Resort in a General Equilibrium Framework”, (Akshay Kotak, Han Ozsoylev and D.P.Tsomocos) Saïd Business School WP 2017-18 7. “A Reconsideration of Minsky's Financial Instability Hypothesis”, (with S. Bhattacharya, C.A.E. Goodhart and A.P.Vardoulakis), Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Volume 47, Issue 5, pages 931{973, August 2015 8. “Liquidity and default in an exchange economy”, (Juan Francisco Martinez S. and D.P. Tsomocos), Journal of Financial Stability, In press, 2016 9. “Monetary Transaction Costs and the Term Premium”, (R. Espinoza and D. P. Tsomocos), Economic Theory 59(2), pp 355-375, June 2015 10. “Debt Defation Effects of Monetary Policy”, (Li Lin, D.P. Tsomocos and Alexandros Vardoulakis), Journal of Financial Stability 21 (2015): 81-94, also appeared as Federal Reserve Board Staff Working Paper (2014-37), May, 2014 11. “International Monetary Equilibrium with Default”, (M.U. Peiris and D. P. Tsomocos), Journal of Mathematical Economics 56, pp 47-57, 2015 12. “Global Capital Imbalances and Taxing Capital Flows”, (C.A.E. Goodhart, M.U. Peiris and D.P. Tsomocos), International Journal of Central Banking, Vol. 9, Number 2, pp.13-45, 2013 13. “International Monetary Regimes”, (C.A.E. Goodhart and D.P. Tsomocos), Capitalism and Society, Vol. 9, No. 2, Article 2, 2014 14. “Debt, Recovery Rates and the Greek Dilemma”, (C.A.E. Goodhart and M.U. Peiris and D.P. Tsomocos), Journal of Financial Stability, forthcoming Index