Destination Unknown: The Future of GSEs In America

May 02, 2012
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington DC, 20001

Event Speakers

Arnold Kling

Senior Affiliated Scholar

Event Video

The government has become deeply involved in the housing market in large part due to the role of government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) and affordable housing mandates. Although Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has announced intentions to reduce the role of GSEs in the mortgage market this spring, we have yet to see specific plans for reform. Meanwhile, the struggling housing market is clamoring for real, tangible solutions.

Please join Mercatus Center financial services experts Anthony Sanders, Arnold Kling, and Lawrence J. White in discussing the future of GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the government's role in the U.S. housing market.

In a recent compendium of Mercatus Center working papers that built upon the lessons learned in the wake of the financial crisis, Sanders, Kling, and White challenged the conventional wisdom that residential mortgage markets cannot effectively meet the needs of the American people without government support. At this event, the panelists will consider a number of potential reforms that could improve the health and sustainability of the housing market.

Questions? Please contact Ashley Schiller at or (703) 993-9228.