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The Sanford C. Bernstein Center, in conjunction with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, has produced a research report on Governance, Executive Compensation, and Excessive Risk in the Financial Services Industry, which addresses the latest academic research and industry best practices on corporate governance and compensation in the financial industry as well as the latest proposals for reform and regulation of these practices.
The financial crisis of 2008/2009 has brought about a wide range of policy measures, and these measures have helped to circumvent a major global recession. The crisis has also reinforced the need for structural reforms — especially in the banking and financial services sector — that still have to be addressed by governments. In addition, the crisis has shown the need for policy coordination on a global level: prudent regulation and supervision on a national level alone is not sufficient to ensure that we lay the groundwork for a sustainable growth path.
The report is the proceedings to a conference that joined academics and professionals to discuss risk and regulation in the financial services industry. The goal of the conference was to take stock of the recent research findings and to debate the various regulation proposals — at both the national and international levels — to better identify the areas of consensus (if any) on these important issues. Ultimately, the conference aimed to contribute to help firms and governments to craft the best policies for promoting socially responsible and sustainable economies.