Government Regulation

The Brian Lehrer Show

Spitzer on Government and the Market

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What role does good regulatory policy play in the markets? Eliot Spitzer, former Governor and Attorney General of New York and cohost of "In the Arena" on CNN, discusses his new book, Government's Place in the Market.

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The Takeaway

Who Caused the Financial Crisis and When Will They Pay?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

During the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, 800 bank officials ended up in jail over misconduct that led to the crisis. So why hasn’t a single bank executive been charged with any crime in the 2008 financial crisis? Louise Story, Wall Street and Finance Reporter for The New York Times lays out the lapses in regulation that led up to the crisis and also may now be responsible for the lack of evidence to try bank executives. Why did the FBI, the Justice Department and the SEC all chose to scale back their investigations into questionable banking practices?

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The Takeaway

Feds: Humans Worth About $8 Million a Pop

Friday, February 18, 2011

How much is a human life worth? Could you hazard a guess at the federal government's answer? Try $8 million, give or take a couple, depending on the agency that's coming up with the figure. An article published by The New York Times about the process of setting the value of a human life caught our interest. The government must have a system in place to come up with this number, so it can set safety regulations for businesses. But each agency seems to have a different formula for coming up with the figure.

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