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Prof. Thomas Philippon on the financial industry's share of GDP

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Excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek -- "'The finance industry of 1900 was just as able as the finance industry of 2010 to produce loans, bonds, and stocks, and it was certainly doing it more cheaply,' says Thomas Phillippon. ... the 'finance industry’s share of [gross domestic product] is about 2 percentage points higher than it needs to be, and this would represent an annual misallocation of resources of about $280 billion for the U.S. alone.'"

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