Paulson Plan – How It Will Mess up Our Economy For Good

Home Forums In The News Paulson Plan – How It Will Mess up Our Economy For Good

Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total)
  • Author
  • #588359


    To the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate:

    As economists, we want to express to Congress our great concern for the plan proposed by Treasury Secretary Paulson to deal with the financial crisis. We are well aware of the difficulty of the current financial situation and we agree with the need for bold action to ensure that the financial system continues to function. We see three fatal pitfalls in the currently proposed plan:

    2) Its ambiguity. Neither the mission of the new agency nor its oversight are clear. If taxpayers are to buy illiquid and opaque assets from troubled sellers, the terms, occasions, and methods of such purchases must be crystal clear ahead of time and carefully monitored afterwards.

    3) Its long-term effects. If the plan is enacted, its effects will be with us for a generation. For all their recent troubles, America’s dynamic and innovative private capital markets have brought the nation unparalleled prosperity. Fundamentally weakening those markets in order to calm short-run disruptions is desperately short-sighted.

    For these reasons we ask Congress not to rush, to hold appropriate hearings, and to carefully consider the right course of action, and to wisely determine the future of the financial industry and the U.S. economy for years to come.

    Signed (updated at 9/25/2008 8:30AM CT)

    Acemoglu Daron (Massachussets Institute of Technology)

    Adler Michael (Columbia University)

    Admati Anat R. (Stanford University)

    Alexis Marcus (Northwestern University)

    Alvarez Fernando (University of Chicago)

    Andersen Torben (Northwestern University)

    Baliga Sandeep (Northwestern University)

    Banerjee Abhijit V. (Massachussets Institute of Technology)

    Barankay Iwan (University of Pennsylvania)

    Barry Brian (University of Chicago)

    Bartkus James R. (Xavier University of Louisiana)

    Becker Charles M. (Duke University)

    Becker Robert A. (Indiana University)

    Beim David (Columbia University)

    Berk Jonathan (Stanford University)

    Bisin Alberto (New York University)

    Bittlingmayer George (University of Kansas)

    Boldrin Michele (Washington University)

    Brooks Taggert J. (University of Wisconsin)

    Brynjolfsson Erik (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    Buera Francisco J. (UCLA)

    Camp Mary Elizabeth (Indiana University)

    Carmel Jonathan (University of Michigan)

    Carroll Christopher (Johns Hopkins University)

    Cassar Gavin (University of Pennsylvania)

    Chaney Thomas (University of Chicago)

    Chari Varadarajan V. (University of Minnesota)

    Chauvin Keith W. (University of Kansas)

    Chintagunta Pradeep K. (University of Chicago)

    Christiano Lawrence J. (Northwestern University)

    Cochrane John (University of Chicago)

    Coleman John (Duke University)

    Constantinides George M. (University of Chicago)

    Crain Robert (UC Berkeley)

    Culp Christopher (University of Chicago)

    Da Zhi (University of Notre Dame)

    Davis Morris (University of Wisconsin)

    De Marzo Peter (Stanford University)

    Edlin Aaron (UC Berkeley)

    Eichenbaum Martin (Northwestern University)

    Ely Jeffrey (Northwestern University)

    Faulhaber Gerald (University of Pennsylvania)

    Feldmann Sven (University of Melbourne)

    Fernandez-Villaverde Jesus (University of Pennsylvania)

    Fohlin Caroline (Johns Hopkins University)

    Fox Jeremy T. (University of Chicago)

    Frank Murray Z.(University of Minnesota)

    Frenzen Jonathan (University of Chicago)

    Fuchs William (University of Chicago)

    Fudenberg Drew (Harvard University)

    Gabaix Xavier (New York University)

    Gao Paul (Notre Dame University)

    Garicano Luis (University of Chicago)

    Gerakos Joseph J. (University of Chicago)

    Gibbs Michael (University of Chicago)

    Glomm Gerhard (Indiana University)

    Goettler Ron (University of Chicago)

    Goldin Claudia (Harvard University)

    Gordon Robert J. (Northwestern University)

    Greenstone Michael (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    Guadalupe Maria (Columbia University)

    Guerrieri Veronica (University of Chicago)

    Hagerty Kathleen (Northwestern University)

    Hamada Robert S. (University of Chicago)

    Hansen Lars (University of Chicago)

    Harris Milton (University of Chicago)

    Hart Oliver (Harvard University)

    Hazlett Thomas W. (George Mason University)

    Heaton John (University of Chicago)

    Heckman James (University of Chicago – Nobel Laureate)

    Henderson David R. (Hoover Institution)

    Henisz, Witold (University of Pennsylvania)

    Hertzberg Andrew (Columbia University)

    Hite Gailen (Columbia University)

    Hodrick Robert J. (Columbia University)

    Hopenhayn Hugo (UCLA)

    Hurst Erik (University of Chicago)

    Imrohoroglu Ayse (University of Southern California)

    Isakson Hans (University of Northern Iowa)

    Israel Ronen (London Business School)

    Jaffee Dwight M. (UC Berkeley)

    Jagannathan Ravi (Northwestern University)

    Jenter Dirk (Stanford University)

    Jones Charles M. (Columbia Business School)

    Kaboski Joseph P. (Ohio State University)

    Kahn Matthew (UCLA)

    Kaplan Ethan (Stockholm University)

    Karolyi, Andrew (Ohio State University)

    Kashyap Anil (University of Chicago)

    Keim Donald B (University of Pennsylvania)

    Ketkar Suhas L (Vanderbilt University)

    Kiesling Lynne (Northwestern University)

    Klenow Pete (Stanford University)

    Koch Paul (University of Kansas)

    Kocherlakota Narayana (University of Minnesota)

    Koijen Ralph S.J. (University of Chicago)

    Kondo Jiro (Northwestern University)

    Korteweg Arthur (Stanford University)

    Kortum Samuel (University of Chicago)

    Krueger Dirk (University of Pennsylvania)

    Ledesma Patricia (Northwestern University)

    Lee Lung-fei (Ohio State University)

    Leeper Eric M. (Indiana University)

    Leuz Christian (University of Chicago)

    Levine David I.(UC Berkeley)

    Levine David K.(Washington University)

    Levy David M. (George Mason University)

    Linnainmaa Juhani (University of Chicago)

    Lott John R. Jr. (University of Maryland)

    Lucas Robert (University of Chicago – Nobel Laureate)

    Luttmer Erzo G.J. (University of Minnesota)

    Manski Charles F. (Northwestern University)

    Martin Ian (Stanford University)

    Mayer Christopher (Columbia University)

    Mazzeo Michael (Northwestern University)

    McDonald Robert (Northwestern University)

    Meadow Scott F. (University of Chicago)

    Mehra Rajnish (UC Santa Barbara)

    Mian Atif (University of Chicago)

    Middlebrook Art (University of Chicago)

    Miguel Edward (UC Berkeley)

    Miravete Eugenio J. (University of Texas at Austin)

    Miron Jeffrey (Harvard University)

    Moretti Enrico (UC Berkeley)

    Moriguchi Chiaki (Northwestern University)

    Moro Andrea (Vanderbilt University)

    Morse Adair (University of Chicago)

    Mortensen Dale T. (Northwestern University)

    Mortimer Julie Holland (Harvard University)

    Muralidharan Karthik (UC San Diego)

    Nanda Dhananjay (University of Miami)

    Nevo Aviv (Northwestern University)

    Ohanian Lee (UCLA)

    Pagliari Joseph (University of Chicago)

    Papanikolaou Dimitris (Northwestern University)

    Parker Jonathan (Northwestern University)

    Paul Evans (Ohio State University)

    Pejovich Svetozar (Steve) (Texas A&M University)

    Peltzman Sam (University of Chicago)

    Perri Fabrizio (University of Minnesota)

    Phelan Christopher (University of Minnesota)

    Piazzesi Monika (Stanford University)

    Piskorski Tomasz (Columbia University)

    Rampini Adriano (Duke University)

    Reagan Patricia (Ohio State University)

    Reich Michael (UC Berkeley)

    Reuben Ernesto (Northwestern University)

    Roberts Michael (University of Pennsylvania)

    Robinson David (Duke University)

    Rogers Michele (Northwestern University)

    Rotella Elyce (Indiana University)

    Ruud Paul (Vassar College)

    Safford Sean (University of Chicago)

    Sandbu Martin E. (University of Pennsylvania)

    Sapienza Paola (Northwestern University)

    Savor Pavel (University of Pennsylvania)

    Scharfstein David (Harvard University)

    Seim Katja (University of Pennsylvania)

    Seru Amit (University of Chicago)

    Shang-Jin Wei (Columbia University)

    Shimer Robert (University of Chicago)

    Shore Stephen H. (Johns Hopkins University)

    Siegel Ron (Northwestern University)

    Smith David C. (University of Virginia)

    Smith Vernon L.(Chapman University- Nobel Laureate)

    Sorensen Morten (Columbia University)

    Spiegel Matthew (Yale University)

    Stevenson Betsey (University of Pennsylvania)

    Stokey Nancy (University of Chicago)

    Strahan Philip (Boston College)

    Strebulaev Ilya (Stanford University)

    Sufi Amir (University of Chicago)

    Tabarrok Alex (George Mason University)

    Taylor Alan M. (UC Davis)

    Thompson Tim (Northwestern University)

    Tschoegl Adrian E. (University of Pennsylvania)

    Uhlig Harald (University of Chicago)

    Ulrich, Maxim (Columbia University)

    Van Buskirk Andrew (University of Chicago)

    Veronesi Pietro (University of Chicago)

    Vissing-Jorgensen Annette (Northwestern University)

    Wacziarg Romain (UCLA)

    Weill Pierre-Olivier (UCLA)

    Williamson Samuel H. (Miami University)

    Witte Mark (Northwestern University)

    Wolfers Justin (University of Pennsylvania)

    Woutersen Tiemen (Johns Hopkins University)

    Zingales Luigi (University of Chicago)

    Zitzewitz Eric (Dartmouth College)



    If university professors don’t like it, then it’s probably a good idea.

    But seriously, this country is going down, big time. Everyone joined the game when it seemed good, and now only the biggest can survive. That will lead to monopolies, which is not good. The alternative is to remove banking from the free market. The latter is a better idea because that is reversible. Once monopolies are created they are nearly impossible to stop.



    squek: you clearly no ziltch about the economy. besides, economists tend to be the last bastion inside colleges that are truly bi-partisan. taking banks out of the free market makes as much sense as saying turn banks into pizzerias. banks by their nature are either free in their market or socialized, as in venezuela. you take them and make them socialized, the country becomes a socialist country immediately ,as the government now controls all banks, and decides who gets money and who doesnt. that is by far the stupidest thing i have heard in this site ever. also, the biggest are falling, not the middle or small sized banks. only teh big ones, so again you are wrong. this will not cause monopolies, but rather many small to medium size banks, as no one will trust large mutli-faceted banks anymore.



    Mariner, be careful when you accuse someone of knowing nothing. Especially when you don’t stop there but continue to give your own little tirade – you opened yourself up for everyone to see your own ignorance.

    1) Economists in colleges are bi-partisan? I took a few economics courses myself (in a real college in case you were wondering) and my first professor announced that he is a communist. He is also a respected economist who holds a PhD and publishes frequently and who is allowed to sit in on open market operations. My other professors were not as extreme in their political views, but none of them were even centrists, let alone right leaning (or bi-partisan – itself a ridiculous assertion)

    2) Taking banks out of the free market is indeed idiotic, but that is what this bill does. So you confused my statement of the facts for a statement of opinion of what should be done. I also don’t know what you mean by saying that a socialized bank means that the governement decides who gets money. Do you mean who gets to borrow? Or who gets to access my savings?

    3) “The stupidest thing I have heard on this site ever” is a very far-out assertion, and I doubt that you meant that even in your moment of blind rage. Not to mention that I never even said what you were thinking.

    4) The biggest are falling? Are you sure? Ever heard of JP Morgan? Citigroup? Bank of America? Those are the banks that are left standing, and they will absorb all of the smaller banks as they fail or come close to failing. On the investment banking side, there is Goldman Sachs. These institutions are coming dangerously close to becoming government entities or extensions of the government themselves. Especially Goldman. So which “big one” failed? Washington Mutual? The biggest thrift is by no means a big bank. Wachovia? Give me some names, please.

    5) Do you work for a little bank? Your last statement seemed to indicate such. Sounds like a PR line for a mid size bank. But unfortunately, only the real mom and pop banks that were too small to get involved in CDOs and CDSs and other SIVs are going to be safe. And only the biggest ones (like the 3 I mentioned) are going to be big enough (or made big enough by our tax money) to survive.

    In the future, please just ask for information. I am always happy to share my knowledge. Just don’t attack. Especially not without cause.

Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.