Charles Calomiris

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Charles W. Calomiris was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. 

Calomiris is Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School, Director of the Business School’s Program for Financial Studies and its Initiative on Finance and Growth in Emerging Markets, and a professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

He was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Co-Director of Hoover’s Program on Regulation and the Rule of Law, a Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee and the Financial Economists Roundtable, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Calomiris is past president of the International Atlantic Economic Society, and has served on numerous committees, including the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board, the U.S. Congress’s International Financial Institution Advisory Commission, the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, and the Federal Reserve System’s Centennial Advisory Committee. He serves as co-managing editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Professor Calomiris’s research spans the areas of banking, corporate finance, financial history and monetary economics. He received a B.A. in economics from Yale University, Magna Cum Laude, and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Professor Calomiris is the recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the Japanese government, and many others. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel. He has consulted for central banks, the IMF, the World Bank, and many foreign governments. In 2017, Calomiris wrote Reforming Financial Regulation After Dodd-Frank (Manhattan Institute for Policy Research), where he reviewed the shortcomings of current regulatory practice, identifies the principles that should guide our regulatory architecture, and suggests reforms that are consistent with those principles. His book co-authored with Stephen Haber, Fragile By Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit (Princeton 2014), has been translated into five languages, received the American Publishers 2015 Award for the best book in Business, Finance and Management, was named one of the Best Economics Books of 2014 by the Financial Times, and one of the Best Books of 2014 by The Times Higher Education Supplement and by Bloomberg Businessweek.  

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Boehner, Obama's favorite foil

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rather than presenting their own government expansion plan, Republicans need to identify and address the key problems bothering voters...

Analysis and Commentary

Betting the House on the GOP?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"What, if anything, can House Democrats do?" This brings to mind a slight variant of the classic refrain from the movie, The Wizard of Oz: "if they only had a brain..."

Analysis and Commentary

Does Palin have the Murkowski's number?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The tea party is the result of Washington's hubris and it is as powerful as the hubris that drives it...

Analysis and Commentary

Arizona immigration law a human rights violation?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Monday, August 30, 2010

Whatever one thinks of the Arizona policy, we have a judicial system capable of determining whether Arizona is within its rights to pass that law and the case is ongoing...

Analysis and Commentary

Can Dems turn it around?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The reason this is not going to be reversed in November by the Dems is that the problem is one of reality, not just perception...

Analysis and Commentary

Will Republicans win a Senate majority?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Monday, August 23, 2010

The distance between President Obama and the Congressional Dems (who are increasingly owned by the left and the teachers' and other unions) will only widen over the next two years because the president will pretend (again) that he is a moderate...

Analysis and Commentary

Justice DeLayed or denied?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Just when things seemed like they couldn't get worse for the Dems heading into the midterm elections, Tom DeLay is vindicated...

Analysis and Commentary

How's that stimulus working?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Friday, August 6, 2010

Economists disagree about the effects of the stimulus, but overall, after taking into account the various pieces of evidence that exist, it is fairly clear that the effects were small, but not zero...

Analysis and Commentary

Is the Senate broken?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Should the upper chamber operate more like the House, where majority rules? Without those Senate rules even more harmful and unwise regulation, spending and taxation would be plaguing our country...

Analysis and Commentary

Health care repeal gaining steam?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Funny that your question does not ask about the merits of the Virginia case. Of course the federal government lacks the authority to mandate that people buy health insurance...

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