US bailouts won’t work, says Nobel winner – Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at the Columbia University and the 2001 Nobel Prize winner, said the US government’s bailout packages designed for financial institutions may not work. “It is a peculiarly-structured programme,” Stiglitz said, “The government puts in 92% of the money, the private sector walks away with 50% of the profits and the government absorbs almost all the losses. What kind of partnership is that?”

The Nobel Prize winner said the financial system in the US engaged in too much risk-taking. “If you are a bank too big to fail, you have a one-sided bet. If you win, you walk off with the profit. If you lose, you are too big to fail, so the government picks up the losses.

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