Charles Calomiris

Reassessing the Fed's Regulatory Role


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As we contemplate the raft of regulatory reforms currently being proposed, it is important not only to consider the content of regulation, but also its structure. In particular, it is important to ask how the role of the Fed as a regulator should change, and how the targets and the tools of monetary and regulatory policy should adapt to new regulatory mandates. For example, some reform proposals envision a dramatic expansion of Fed regulatory authority, while others do not, and some proposals envision the Fed's using monetary policy to prick asset bubbles, while others do not. This article considers the desirability of various financial reforms, the proper future role of the Fed, and the proper use of monetary and regulatory policy tools in light of proposed regulatory reforms. What regulatory and overall policy structure would help us best achieve legitimate policy objectives?

Source: The Cato Journal
Exact Citation:
Calomiris, Charles. "Reassessing the Fed's Regulatory Role." The Cato Journal 30, no. 2 (2010): 311-322.
Volume: 30
Number: 2
Pages: 311-322
Date: 2010