Transcripts of the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve from 2002–2008.

I wanted to support President Poole’s comment. I remember very well back at Jackson Hole in 2005 that Raghuram Rajan presented a paper in which he emphasized the misalignment of incentives between investors and managers and the fact that almost everyone down the line right up to the investors themselves should have had incentives here. I don’t know what they were thinking, but everybody was rewarded for the quantity and not the quality of originations. He warned us before any of this happened that this could come to no good, and I think he did have some suggestions about compensation practices. These were not popular suggestions. So I think this is worth some thought. I don’t know what the answer is in terms of changing these practices. Maybe the market will attend to them, but it seems to me that we have had an awful lot of booms and busts in which this type of incentive played a role. Your presentation and the paper started from the fact that you note the deterioration in underwriting, but we should go one step backward. I suppose another issue here is what we saw in our supervision and whether we acted appropriately given what we saw. That raises a number of issues that I won’t go into at the moment but that I think we need to be sensitive to.

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