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A Minsky-Kindleberger Perspective on the Financial Crisis


  • J. Rosser
  • Marina Rosser
  • Mauro Gallegati


Hyman Minsky and Charles Kindleberger discussed three different patterns of speculative bubbles, all of which appeared during the recent financial crisis: one when price rises in an accelerating way to crash sharply after reaching its peak as with oil peaking in July 2008, another when the price rise is followed by a parallel decline without crash as with housing peaking in Summer 2006, and finally one rising then initially gradually declining followed later by a sharp crash as with the stock market peaking in October 2007. Policy should be targeted at specific bubbles using specific policy instruments for each.

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  • J. Rosser & Marina Rosser & Mauro Gallegati, 2012. "A Minsky-Kindleberger Perspective on the Financial Crisis," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(2), pages 449-458.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:jeciss:v:46:y:2012:i:2:p:449-458 DOI: 10.2753/JEI0021-3624460220

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