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Theoretical Notes on Bubbles and the Current Crisis

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  • Alberto Martin
  • Jaume Ventura

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This paper explores a view of the crisis as a shock to investor sentiment that led to the collapse of a bubble or pyramid scheme in financial markets. The paper embeds this view in a standard model of the financial accelerator and explores its empirical and policy implications. In particular, it shows how the model can account for: (i) a gradual and protracted expansionary phase followed by a sudden and sharp recession; (ii) the connection (or lack of connection!) between financial and real economic activity; and (iii) a fast and strong transmission of shocks across countries. The paper also uses the model to explore the role of fiscal policy.

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  • Alberto Martin & Jaume Ventura, 2011. "Theoretical Notes on Bubbles and the Current Crisis," IMF Economic Review, Palgrave Macmillan;International Monetary Fund, vol. 59(1), pages 6-40, April.
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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