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En el corazón del problema:la deuda de los hogares en la banca contemporánea y la crisis internacional


  • Paulo L. dos Santos

    (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS))


This paper, drawing on Marxist political economy, conceptualizes the phenomenon of activities of banks as determinants of the current crisis. The main argument is the most significant aspect of recent changes in banking activities has been the turn towards individual wage income as a source of bank profits. This can be summarized in two ideas. 1) the conflict between households and financial firms that leads to an over-indebtedness of the former during a context of disadvantageous social relations for borrowers, and 2) the existence of theoretical reasons that argue that the economic recovery is difficult because the negative impact on the household consumption. Hence, it is argued that the recession will have an unprecedented length in the absence of a significant public intervention in the labour and financial markets.

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  • Paulo L. dos Santos, 2009. "En el corazón del problema:la deuda de los hogares en la banca contemporánea y la crisis internacional," EKONOMIAZ. Revista vasca de Economía, Gobierno Vasco / Eusko Jaurlaritza / Basque Government, vol. 72(03), pages 54-79.
  • Handle: RePEc:ekz:ekonoz:2009306

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    Marxist analysis; profits of debt; household indebtedness;

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy


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