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The US Political Brawl over the Causes of the Crisis. Comments and Additions


  • Giorgio Szegö

    () (University of Rome "La Sapienza")


The Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States was released on January 27th, 2011. The strong political differences within the commission prevented the draft of a shared report. In addition to the majority report, two dissenting ones have been produced. I shall criticize some of their conclusions and point out some unreported facts.

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  • Giorgio Szegö, 2011. "The US Political Brawl over the Causes of the Crisis. Comments and Additions," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, issue 3, pages 229-252, JULY-SEPT.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:y:2011:i:3:p:229-252

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    world; globalization; development; transformation; crisis; recession; values; institutions; policie;

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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook
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    • N1 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements


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