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Mankiw on Financial Regulation

Greg Mankiw in The New York Times argues we should acknowledge our limits and prepare for inevitable future crises.  

MY favorite proposal is to require banks, and perhaps a broad class of financial institutions, to sell contingent debt that can be converted to equity when a regulator deems that these institutions have insufficient capital. This debt would be a form of preplanned recapitalization in the event of a financial crisis, and the infusion of capital would be with private, rather than taxpayer, funds. Think of it as crisis insurance.

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