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An Expectations-Driven Interpretation of the "Great Recession"

The boom-years preceding the "Great Recession" were a time of rapid innovation in the financial industry. We explore the idea that both the boom and eventual bust emerged from overoptimistic ex-pectations of efficiency-gains in the financial sector. We treat the bankruptcy costs facing intermediaries in a costly state verification problem as a stochastic process, and model the boom-bust in terms of an unfulfilled news-shock where the expected fall in costs are eventually not realized. In response to a change in expectations only, the model generates a boom-bust cycle in aggregate activity, asset pricesand leverage, and a countercyclical credit spread.

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Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 13-02.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 21 Feb 2013
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Publication status: Published: Carleton Economic Papers
Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:13-02
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