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Economic theory and asset bubbles

  • Gadi Barlevy

The author summarizes what economic theory tells us about when asset price bubbles can occur and what the welfare implications are from bursting them. In some cases, bursting a bubble may make society worse off by exacerbating the market distortions that give rise to the bubble in the first place.

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Volume (Year): (2007)
Issue (Month): Q III ()
Pages: 44-59

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:y:2007:i:qiii:p:44-59:n:v.31no.3
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