Gresham’s Law of Plastic

By Sean Vanatta In a 1991 article in the American Economic Review, Lawrence Ausubel posed a question: Why had competition failed in the credit card market? Credit card interest rates had surged in the early 1980s following Fed Chairman Paul Volcker’s dramatic bit to purge inflation, but as market interestRead More

Rethinking Optimal Deposit Insurance

The Rethinking Optimal Deposit Insurance panel in conversation in a classroom. On Friday, April 19, the Wharton Initiative on Financial Policy and Regulation (WIFPR) co-hosted a conference with Yale’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy on “Rethinking Optimal Deposit Insurance.” The conference was organized by Itay Goldstein, WIFPR director and Joel S. Ehrenkranz Family Professor of Finance at Wharton, and Eduardo Davila,Read More

Crypto, Digital Currency, and Interoperability Roundtable

September 18, 2023 This post summarizes key takeaways from a September roundtable on digital currencies. Chair Sarah Hammer, Executive Director at the Wharton School and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Speakers Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore Tara Rice, Head of Secretariat, CommitteeRead More

A Few Thoughts on Basel III Endgame

Note: this post is part of our series on Basel III Endgame, which features contributions from participants at our Basel III Endgame roundtable. You can find other posts in the series here. By David Zaring On November 7, 2023, the Wharton Initiative on Financial Policy and Regulation (WIFPR) convened aRead More

WIFPR Roundtable on Basel III Endgame

On Tuesday, November 7, 2024, the Wharton Initiative on Financial Policy and Regulation (WIFPR) hosted a roundtable on Basel III Endgame. The roundtable convened two dozen academic, industry, and policy experts to discuss the proposed rule by the federal banking agencies (Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office ofRead More