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What Caused the Great Recession?

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  • Homburg Stefan

    () (School of Economics and Management, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany)

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This paper examines five possible explanations for the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, using data for the United States and the eurozone. Of these five hypotheses, four are not supported by the data, while the fifth appears reasonable.

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  • Homburg Stefan, 2015. "What Caused the Great Recession?," Review of Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 66(1), pages 1-12, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:lus:reveco:v:66:y:2015:i:1:p:1-12
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    Keywords

    Financial crisis; Great Recession; wealth effect; credit crunch; money demand; central bank;

    JEL classification:

    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets

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