The financial reform plans currently under discussion in the United States recognize the need for monitoring and regulating systemic risk in the financial sector. To inform those discussions, the National Research Council held a workshop on November 3, 2009, to identify the major technical challenges to building such a capability. The workshop, summarized in this volume, addressed the following key issues as they relate to systemic risk:
Because every systemic event is unique with respect to its specific pathology--the various triggers and the propagation of effects--the workshop focused on the issues listed above for systemic risk in general rather than for any specific scenario. Thus, by design, the workshop explicitly addressed neither the causes of the current crisis nor policy options for reducing risk, and it attempted to steer clear of some policy issues altogether (such as how to allocate new supervisory responsibilities). More than 40 experts representing diverse perspectives participated in the workshop.
Table of Contents
|1 Introduction and Major Outcomes of the Workshop||1-3|
|2 Major Themes of the Workshop Discussions||4-13|
|3 Observations from the Workshop's Keynote Presentations||14-16|
|Appendix A Letter from Senator Jack Reed to Ralph Cicerone, National Academy of Sciences President||17-19|
|Appendix B Workshop Participants||20-20|
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