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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Prerequisite to the Financial Crisis of 2008: Federalism Deconstructed & Deregulation

Weakening federalism in the name of preemptive deregulation played a major role in enabling the financial crisis of 2008. Specifically, Carter’s Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 abolished Regulation Q (over time), which had limited thrifts’ deposit interest rates, and preempted “the many state usury laws that placed a ceiling on mortgage and credit card rates.” 

The complete essay is at Essays on Two Federal Empires.