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Failing Institutions Are at the Core of the U.S. Financial Crisis


  • Yochanan Shachmurove

    () (Department of Economics and Business, The City College of The City University of New York,and Department of Economics, The University of Pennsylvania)


This paper uses the structure of institutional economics to provide an explanation of the recent U.S. financial crisis. Institutional theory suggests that a county’s political, legal, social, and cultural institutions determine and characterize its economy. An institutional perspective of financial crises therefore incorporates unquantifiable aspects of the real world. Different institutions interacted to ignite and fuel the global crisis. A thorough understanding of all of the legal, political, and cultural institution that encompass a society, as well as their role in the market, is needed to explain and avoid the reoccurrences of financial crises.

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  • Yochanan Shachmurove, 2012. "Failing Institutions Are at the Core of the U.S. Financial Crisis," PIER Working Paper Archive 12-040, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:12-040

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    1. Beniamino Moro, 2013. "The Run On Repo and the Liquidity Shortage Problems of the Current Global Financial Crisis: Europe vs. The US," Ekonomi-tek - International Economics Journal, Turkish Economic Association, vol. 2(1), pages 41-77, January.

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    Institutional Economics; Financial Crisis; Law and Economics; Interdependence; Behavioral Economics; Behavioral Finance; Hume; Veblen; Coase;

    JEL classification:

    • G - Financial Economics
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary

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