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The origins of the sub-prime crisis: Inappropriate policies, regulations, or both?


  • Lewis, Mervyn K.


This article analyses the origins of the sub-prime crisis. It argues that a series of serious policy errors in the United States created the conditions in which the sub-prime lending phenomenon took root, which were then compounded by regulatory developments and further policy mistakes as the credit crisis unfolded. These factors further explain why the sub-prime crisis assumed such global proportions.

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  • Lewis, Mervyn K., 2009. "The origins of the sub-prime crisis: Inappropriate policies, regulations, or both?," Accounting forum, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 114-126.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:accfor:v:33:y:2009:i:2:p:114-126
    DOI: 10.1016/j.accfor.2009.04.001

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    1. repec:eee:accfor:v:34:y:2010:i:3:p:222-227 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Mervyn K. Lewis, 2011. "Monetary Policies During the Financial Crisis: An Appraisal," Chapters,in: The Global Financial Crisis, chapter 8 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Christopher J. Green & Eric J. Pentecost & Tom Weyman-Jones (ed.), 2011. "The Financial Crisis and the Regulation of Finance," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 14248.
    4. repec:eee:accfor:v:38:y:2014:i:3:p:155-169 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Mervyn Lewis, 2010. "An Islamic Economic Perspective on the Global Financial Crisis," Chapters,in: Macroeconomic Theory and its Failings, chapter 10 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    6. repec:eee:accfor:v:35:y:2011:i:2:p:90-103 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. Darrin Grimsey & Mervyn K. Lewis, 2011. "Minimizing Collateral Damage: Options for Financing Public–Private Partnerships in the Wake of the Financial Crisis," Chapters,in: The Financial Crisis and the Regulation of Finance, chapter 15 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    8. Neculai Tabara & Alina Rusu, 2011. "The role of accounting in the global financial crisis. Assumptions and realities," EuroEconomica, Danubius University of Galati, issue 29, pages 16-22, August.


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