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Identifying and Resolving Financial Crises: A Conference Overview

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Financial crises remain a recurring problem despite, or perhaps, as some suggest, because of, extensive innovation in capital markets over the past several decades. Crisis interventions are fraught with trade-offs: What are the costs of doing nothing? What is the probability that markets will seize up? Are there viable alternatives? Will the intervention make further crises more likely? The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the FDIC sponsored a conference in April 2008 to debate and exchange ideas on these issues. The following document summarizes and ties together the contributions presented.

Suggested citation: Haubrich, Joseph G., and James Thomson, 2008. "Identifying and Resolving Financial Crises: A Conference Overview," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Policy Discussion Paper no. 08-24.

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