April 16, 2017

When you hold back banks from financing the riskier future, the pace of disruption and of productivity growth, will both slow.

Sir, I would like to make two brief comments with respect to Tim Harford’s “Disruption sets a less frenetic pace of change” of April 15.

The first is that the ownership of houses as well as the state of the housing market, influences on mobility. When you own a home but your equity in it has disappeared all things get to be more complicated.

The second is that though he mentions Tyler Cowen’s new book The Complacent Class, [which] argues that America has become less adventurous in many ways… he still does not want to understand that the risk weighted capital requirements for banks, more perceived risk more capital – less risk less capital, de facto orders less adventures and much more complacency.