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Origins and Resolution of Financial Crises: Lessons from the Current and Northern European Crises

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  • Finn Østrup

    (Copenhagen Business School, Solbjergvej 3, 2000, Frederiksberg, Denmark.)

  • Lars Oxelheim

    (Lund University, Lund and Institute for Economic Research, P.O. Box 7080, S-220 07, Sweden. and The Research Institute of Industrial Economics, P.O. Box 55665, 102 15 Stockholm, Sweden.)

  • Clas Wihlborg

    (Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, USA; and Copenhagen Business School, Department of Finance, Solbjerg Plads 3, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark.)

Abstract

Since July 2007, the world economy has experienced a severe financial crisis that originated in the U.S. housing market. Subsequently, the crisis has spread to financial sectors in European and Asian economies and led to a severe worldwide recession. The existing literature on financial crises rarely distinguishes between factors that create the original strain on the financial sector and factors that explain why these strains lead to system-wide contagion and a possible credit crunch. Most of the literature on financial crises refers to factors that cause an original disruption in the financial system. We argue that a financial crisis with its contagion within the system is caused by failures of legal, regulatory, and political institutions. (c) 2009 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Finn Østrup & Lars Oxelheim & Clas Wihlborg, 2009. "Origins and Resolution of Financial Crises: Lessons from the Current and Northern European Crises," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 8(3), pages 178-220, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:8:y:2009:i:3:p:178-220
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    1. Pais, Amelia & Stork, Philip A., 2011. "Contagion risk in the Australian banking and property sectors," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 681-697, March.
    2. Lilia Cavallari & Simone Romano, 2016. "Foresight And The Macroeconomic Impact Of Fiscal Policy: Evidence For France, Germany And Italy," Working Papers 0216, CREI Università degli Studi Roma Tre, revised 2016.
    3. Veysov, Alexander, 2012. "Financial Contagion and Systemic Risk: From Theory to Applicable Macroeconomic Model," MPRA Paper 40612, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Chang, Guang-Di & Chen, Chia-Shih, 2014. "Evidence of contagion in global REITs investment," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 148-158.
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    6. David G. Mayes, 2009. "Banking Crisis Resolution Policy - Lessons from Recent Experience - which elements are needed for robust and efficient crisis resolution?," CESifo Working Paper Series 2823, CESifo Group Munich.

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    JEL classification:

    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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