Asymmetric Information and Financial Crises: A Historical Perspective
AbstractThis paper examines the nature of financial crises from a historical perspective using the new and burgeoning literature on asymmetric information and financial structure. After describing how this literature helps to understand the nature of financial crises, the paper focuses on a historical examination of a series of financial crises in the United States, beginning with the panic of 1857 and ending with the stock market crash of October 19,1987. The asymmetric information approach explains the patterns in the data and many features of these crises which are otherwise hard to explain. It also suggests why financial crises have had such important consequences for the aggregate economy over the past one hundred and fifty years.
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Date of creation: Aug 1991
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Publication status: published as Frederic S. Mishkin. "Asymmetric Information and Financial Crises: A Historical Perspective," in R. Glenn Hubbard, editor, "Financial Markets and Financial Crises" University of Chicago Press (1991)
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- Frederic S. Mishkin, 1991. "Asymmetric Information and Financial Crises: A Historical Perspective," NBER Chapters, in: Financial Markets and Financial Crises, pages 69-108 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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