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Asset Bubbles, Debt Deflation, and Global Imbalances

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  • Robert Guttmann
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    The article investigates the primary imbalances in our global economy, which have brought us to the brink of depression. Putting the emphasis on structural changes in our credit system following its deregulation in the 1980s, we can conclude that the confluence of financial innovation and financial globalization created a new propensity for speculative asset bubbles. When the latest bubble burst in 2007, it triggered a devastating sequence of financial instability which has driven the world economy into the worst downturn since the 1930s. Government crisis-management responses, from deficit spending to unorthodox monetary policy and bank rescues, are assessed. The global dimension of this crisis requires international policy coordination, a task made more difficult by the asymmetry of our dollar-based international monetary system encouraging excessive US deficits.

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    Article provided by M.E. Sharpe, Inc. in its journal International Journal of Political Economy.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (July)
    Pages: 46-69

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    Handle: RePEc:mes:ijpoec:v:38:y:2009:i:2:p:46-69
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