Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Inequality production 101

Lecture 2: Set much lower capital requirements for banks when lending to the "Infallible Sovereign" and the AAAristocracy than when lending to "The Risky", so that banks earn much higher risk-adjusted returns on equity when lending to the former than when lending to the latter.

That signifies that those who have made it thanks to risk taking in the past and/or are now perceived as "absolutely safe" will receive too much too cheap bank credit, while those perceived as "risky", and who have to risk it in order to make it in the future, will get too little and too expensive bank credit.

That guarantees the inequality of opportunities, and which as you should remember from Lecture 1, is the prime ingredient in any inequality production.