LSE public lecture
Date: Tuesday 28 September 2010
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Howard Davies
Respondent: Robert Peston
Chair: Lord Myners
There is still no consensus on who or what caused the financial crisis which engulfed the world, beginning in the summer of 2007. A huge number of suspects have been identified, from greedy investment bankers, through feckless borrowers, dilatory regulators and myopic central bankers to violent video games and high levels of testosterone among the denizens of trading floors. There is not even agreement on whether the crisis shows a need for more government intervention in markets, or less: some maintain that government encouragement of home ownership lay at the heart of the problem in the US, in particular. In this public event to mark the launch of his new book The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame? Howard Davies charts a course through these arguments, and the evidence advanced for each of them.
Howard Davies is director of LSE. Prior to this, from 1997-2003 he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the single regulator for the UK financial sector, which was created under his leadership from nine separate regulatory agencies. From 1995-1997 he was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. His latest books include The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame? and Banking on the Future: the fall and rise of central banking.
Robert Peston has been the BBC's business editor since February 2006. For the previous 24 years he had been a print journalist, his previous roles included financial editor of the Financial Times, political editor of the FT and city editor of the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of Brown's Britain and Who Runs Britain?
Paul Myners, CBE was the Financial Services Secretary during the Labour Government of Gordon Brown. He held the position from October 2008 until May 2010, and was made a life peer in consequence of his appointment. He also served on the Prime Minister's National Economic Council.
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