The “ersatz capitalism” Stiglitz talks about is one big party to which you and I aren’t invited. What’s worse, we’re footing the bill.
Layers of money managers that don’t bear the brunt of losses but walk away with big payouts when things go well have turned the US economy to a type of “ersatz capitalism,” Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University professor and Nobel laureate, told CNBC Tuesday.
“An awful lot of people are not managing their own money,” Stiglitz said. “In old-style 19th Century capitalism, I owned my company, I made a mistake, I bore the consequences.”
“Today, (at) most of the big companies you have managers who, when things go well, walk off with a lot of money. When things go bad the shareholders bear the costs,” he said.
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