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Whither Capitalism? Financial Externalities and Crisis

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  • Miller, Marcus

    (University of Warwick)

  • Zhang, Lei

    (University of Warwick)

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As with global warming, so with financial crises – externalities have a lot to answer for. We look at three of them. First the financial accelerator due to ‘fire sales’ of collateral assets -- a form of pecuniary externality that leads to liquidity being undervalued. Second the ‘risk- shifting’ behaviour of highly-levered financial institutions who keep the upside of risky investment while passing the downside to others thanks to limited liability. Finally, the network externality where the structure of the financial industry helps propagate shocks around the system unless this is checked by some form of circuit breaker, or ‘ring-fence’. The contrast between crisis-induced Great Recession and its aftermath of slow growth in the West and the rapid - and (so far) sustained - growth in the East suggests that successful economic progress may depend on how well these externalities are managed.

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Paper provided by Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) in its series CAGE Online Working Paper Series with number 79.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cge:wacage:79

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Keywords: Externalities; financial accelerator; limited liability; risk-shifting; global imbalances; financial networks;

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