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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GOP gaffes a gift for Dems?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Republicans will win big in 2010 because they better reflect the electorate, and their message of fiscal responsibility is resonating with the American people, who, unlike the Dems, are able to do arithmetic...

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What should POTUS do on jobs?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Friday, July 2, 2010

The administration and Congress are not really interested in promoting private sector job creation...

Analysis and Commentary

Kagan's confirmation a done deal?

by Charles Calomiris with Richard A. Epsteinvia Arena (Politico)
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I support Elena Kagan mainly because my friend Richard Epstein told me to...

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Go big or go home on energy?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It is a very bad bill and it would be good for it to fail. Although some of it arguably may do some good, overall it will do significant harm to our financial system and our economy...

Analysis and Commentary

Biden his time

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

McChrystal should be fired for exercising horrible judgment as a field commander. I don't mean judgment about the war, but about how to conduct himself as a general...

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Afghanistan troop withdrawal a done deal?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Monday, June 21, 2010

President Obama is finding that many policy promises that worked well before crowds of chanting supporters don´t work well as national policy...

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Debtor's politics: Who wins?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Friday, June 11, 2010

As Ricky Ricardo would say, Mr. Daniels and the existing GOP "have a lot of 'splainin to do...'

Analysis and Commentary

Fall of the angry left? Will purity doom Republicans in November?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Two obvious interpretations follow from the recent news, neither of which has much to do with the alleged trend against incumbents, per se...

Analysis and Commentary

End of the Helen-ic era

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Monday, June 7, 2010

Her statements were outrageous, childish and plain dumb...

Analysis and Commentary

Will tepid job growth hurt or help Dems in November?

by Charles Calomirisvia Arena (Politico)
Friday, June 4, 2010

Even according to Michael Darda, who is one of the most optimistic economic analysts around, the announcement was quite disappointing...

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