Fragile by Design

The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit

A book event and discussion featuring Charles Calomiris, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia Business School
and moderated by Robert J. Samuelson, editor, The Washington Post

February 6, 2014
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC
Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Talk begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.

  • Who gets to be a banker?
  • Who has access to credit?
  • Who pays for bank bailouts and rescues?
  • Why has the United States has 12 systemic banking crises since 1840 — and Canada has had none?

Charles Calomiris, coauthor of a soon-to-be-released book that probes these difficult questions, will offer a revealing exploration of the way politics inevitably intrudes into bank regulation.

Registration is now closed; walk-ins will be accepted as space permits.

Read more about the book “Fragile by Design.” Books will be available for purchase at the event.