Рагурам Раджан и Ларри Саммерс

Рагурам Раджан стал центральным банкирам, Ларри Саммерс, похоже, очень хочет стать.

Хотя к Раджану тоже есть большие вопросы по части эффекта бюджетной экономии, но в общем и целом, экономист-то с большой буквы. Чего нельзя сказать про Саммерса. Хорошо Economist как-то напомнил историю:

In 2005, at the annual Jackson Hole, Wyo., conference of the world's leading central bankers, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Raghuram Rajan, presented a brilliant paper that constituted the first prominent warning of the coming crisis. Rajan pointed out that the structure of financial-sector compensation, in combination with complex financial products, gave bankers huge cash incentives to take risks with other people's money, while imposing no penalties for any subsequent losses. Rajan warned that this bonus culture rewarded bankers for actions that could destroy their own institutions, or even the entire system, and that this could generate a "full-blown financial crisis" and a "catastrophic meltdown. When Rajan finished speaking, Summers rose up from the audience and attacked him, calling him a "Luddite," dismissing his concerns, and warning that increased regulation would reduce the productivity of the financial sector.

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