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"Red Star Spangled Banner" Scrutinizing the Root Causes of Financial Crisis

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  • Christian Fahrholz

    () (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Andreas Kern

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In this article we inquire into the root causes of the present financial crisis by drawing on a Heckscher-Ohlin-Samuelson trade model. At the origin of the current crisis are global imbalances originating from distortions in relative prices. Due to impasses in international production, financial repression in countries that seek to suppress real appreciation has resulted in excessive capital-intensive production and an expansion of financial service sectors in flexible market economies. Moreover, financial globalization has been a vehicle for exporting real appreciation pressures from catching-up economies to mature economies, thus aggravating global imbalances.

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  • Christian Fahrholz & Andreas Kern, 2010. ""Red Star Spangled Banner" Scrutinizing the Root Causes of Financial Crisis," Global Financial Markets Working Paper Series 05-2009, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:hlj:hljwrp:05-2009
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    Keywords

    Financial Crisis; Financial Repression; Heckscher-Ohlin-Samuelson Model;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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