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Growing out of the Crisis through Prudential Regulation of Large Financial Institutions and Redefined Government Responsibilities

I consider in this paper the challenges and pitfalls we must face to grow out for good of the recent and latent financial crisis and economic recession. I consider a brief history of the crisis and insist on the loss of confidence within the banking and financial sector, which propagated later to the real sector. I discuss ways to rebuild confidence and move out of a stable bad economic equilibrium, due in part to inefficiently designed bonus systems. Considering data on gross job creation and loss in the private sector, I challenge the sorcerer's apprentices in reforming capitalism and I recall the role of creative destruction. I show that government deficits and economic growth are not good friends and I offer a reference to the Canadian experience of the two decades 1985-2005. Finally, I discuss fiscal reforms and renewed roles for governmental and competitive sectors in generating a more prosperous economy as well as some specific challenges we are facing today, in particular to redesign the regulatory framework of the financial sector
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