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Review of "This Time is Different : Eight Centuries of Financial Folly" by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff


  • Vuslat Us Alioglu


This Time is Different : Eight Centuries of Financial Folly is an essential reading on the history of financial crises for anyone interested in economics and finance. Compiling an extensive new database of macroeconomics and financial time series for sixty-six countries in five continents for eight centuries, and conducting a detailed and meticulous analysis, the book presents a comprehensive survey of financial crises and reaches a simple yet powerful conclusion : we have been here before. In other words, times may change, locations may change, actors may change but human nature does not. Despite how different the latest financial crisis always appears, financial crises often exhibit more similarities than differences throughout history. Being aware of these similarities is an essential step towards improving the global financial system, both in order to reduce the risk of a future crisis and to better manage a crisis when it happens. This review presents a brief summary of the book and a discussion about its implications for the current and the future possible crises.

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  • Vuslat Us Alioglu, 2012. "Review of "This Time is Different : Eight Centuries of Financial Folly" by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff," Central Bank Review, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, vol. 12(1), pages 75-81.
  • Handle: RePEc:tcb:cebare:v:12:y:2012:i:1:p:75-81

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    1. Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff, 2009. "Varieties of Crises and Their Dates," Introductory Chapters,in: This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly Princeton University Press.
    2. Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff, 2014. "This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 15(2), pages 1065-1188, November.
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    This Time is Different; Eight Centuries of Financial Folly; Financial crises; Book review;

    JEL classification:

    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F01 - International Economics - - General - - - Global Outlook
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General


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