After President Obama's election, federal regulators' approach to the financial industry changed significantly, from the looser approach in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis to a more restrictive approach meant to prevent a recurrence of that event. Regulators imposed new rules on everything from leverage to credit-card fees.

More than half a decade has passed since lawmakers and regulators made these changes. The Trump administration has signaled that it will revisit them to ensure that all existing regulations help advance several core new White House principles, including empowering Americans to make good financial choices, preventing taxpayer bailouts, and fostering economic growth.

Do the Obama-era laws and regulations help advance these goals? The Manhattan Institute invited eight teams of distinguished economists - led by Charles Calomiris of Columbia University - to study how recent regulatory mandates have affected banks, credit-card companies, individual borrowers and savers, and the economy as a whole.

At this MI financial-regulation symposium, the papers will be presented publicly for the first time. In 2018, the papers will be released in a special issue of the Journal of Financial Intermediation.