13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown


April 6, 2010, 3:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC

Event Summary

At a PIIE event held April 6, 2010, Senior Fellow Simon Johnson discussed the proposals in his new book for legislative and policy changes that could help prevent future financial crises. The volume, 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, coauthored with James Kwak, places the recent financial crisis in the context of US economic history and emphasizes the similarities between the current debate over regulatory reform with earlier episodes when the United States decided that certain economic entities had become too large for the health of the country. Senior Fellow Morris Goldstein, who has himself published widely on financial regulatory reform, led a discussion followed by Johnson's presentation.

Simon Johnson has been a senior fellow at the Institute since September 2008 after completing his tenure as chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. He is also the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers. Simon is an active blogger, including with his own BaselineScenario.com and as a contributor to The New York Times Economix and as contributing business editor to Huffingtonpost.com. He has commented widely on the evolution of the crisis and policy responses to it. Johnson has published extensively on crisis response and development issues throughout his career and is one of the originators of the view, now widely accepted, that the strength of institutions is one of the key determinants of successful development in poor countries.

Event Materials

Book: 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown
Simon Johnson and James Kwak
April 2010

Testimony: Crisis and Aftermath: The Economic Outlook and Risks for the US Federal Budget and Debt
Simon Johnson
February 9, 2010

Policy Brief 10-3: Confronting Asset Bubbles, Too Big to Fail, and Beggar-thy-Neighbor Exchange Rate Policies
Morris Goldstein
February 2010

Article: The Dollar and the Deficits: How Washington Can Prevent the Next Crisis
C. Fred Bergsten
November 2009

Interview: Senator Dodd's Regulatory Reform: A Step Forward
Morris Goldstein
March 15, 2010

Interview: Too Big to Fail: Too Big to Solve?
Michael Mussa
January 27, 2010

Interview: The Financial System: Heading for More Trouble
Simon Johnson
January 15, 2010

Book: Financial Globalization, Economic Growth, and the Crisis of 2007-09
William R. Cline

Book: Banking on Basel: The Future of International Financial Regulation
Daniel K. Tarullo
September 2008

Book: Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Economies
Nouriel Roubini and Brad Setser
August 2004