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When the Best Plan is No Plan at All

Posted By George Selgin On July 21, 2014 @ 4:53 pm In Money & Politics,The Fed & Central Banks | 1 Comment

I was recently asked to submit a "solution proposal" concerning a panel, on "The New Global Financial Architecture," in which I'm to take part at this September's Global Economic Symposium in Kuala Lumpur.  The proposal is supposed to summarize my own scheme for reforming the global financial system, showing, in 700-1000 words, that my plan is "feasible," "innovative," and (naturally) of "positive social impact."

A you might well expect, the request posed something of a challenge to this unreconstructed Hayekian.  Here, for whatever it may be worth, is what he came up with.

Truth be told, I'm not quite sure that my proposal is consistent with the organizers' assumption, as given in their "challenge" to the panel, that "Different regulators – including the monetary authorities – must cooperate in order to achieve better but not necessarily more regulation." I hope, in any event, that it will help fuel a spirited discussion.

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