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The preponderant causes of the USA banking crisis 2007–08

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Scientific research on the banking crisis 2007–08 has answered many important questions according to generally accepted methodological standards. However, there remains at least one outstanding question that has not been answered with methodological accuracy: What caused the severe USA banking crisis 2007–08? To address this question the paper uses a counterfactual definition of ‘cause,’ distinguishes between separable and non-separable causes, and employs a well-posed methodology for the causation analysis of singular events. In addition, first causes and preponderant causes are distinguished. The main result of this paper is that the preponderant causes of the banking crisis 2007–08 were securitization and ignorance.

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  • Pol, Eduardo, 2012. "The preponderant causes of the USA banking crisis 2007–08," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 41(5), pages 519-528.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:41:y:2012:i:5:p:519-528
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2012.04.019
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    1. Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff, 2009. "Is the 2007 U.S. Sub-Prime Financial Crisis So Different? An International Historical Comparison," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, vol. 56(3), pages 291-299, September.
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    3. Ousayna Zreik & Wael Louhichi, 2017. "Risk Disclosure and Company Unsystematic, Systematic, and Total Risks," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 37(1), pages 448-467.

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    Keywords

    USA banking crisis 2007–2008; Counterfactual approach; Preponderant causes; Securitization; Ignorance;

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    • B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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