The Privatization of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks
Why and How

When Fed chairman Alan Greenspan recently told the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that the privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was his "goal," he put the question of privatization on the table, in a serious way, for the first time in many years. Greenspan’s statement has resulted in many editorial endorsements and significantly increased interest in the media, but it has also raised many important questions: how would something like this be done without disrupting the residential-mortgage market, and what would or could the mortgage-finance system look like after privatization? These questions are answered in the plan developed in an AEI project over the last several months. The plan has now been embodied in legislative language, with a section-by-section analysis and a comprehensive statement of why privatization is necessary. The plan has been reviewed and refined through comments at three previous conferences. In this conference, the final proposal and legislation will be discussed.

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From anarchy to Augustus: Lessons on dealing with disorder, from Rome’s first emperor

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Multiple choice: Expanding opportunity through innovation in K–12 education

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