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Wall Street’s Culture


  • Tiberiu Brãilean

    (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi)

  • Aurelian-Petrus Plopeanu

    (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi)


Modern finance has become a very complicated field, which raises many questions about its economic and social mission. Many bankers’ ignorance of complex knowledge and care for the future are hostile ingredients that transform the markets’ volatility, through spillover effects, into economic and financial crisis and social anomy. What fuels the wildfire does not necessarily mean black swan events, but often it is the result of (un)conscious and (un)intended decisions of certain economic policy makers. The current financial system is discredited. It is necessary to reform the financial institutions and practices, with the core principle that money should serve the economy and society and not vice versa. In a world of financial capitalism, a world driven by money and adjacent institutions appear to be defective and unjust to many of us. The conflicts’ arena must be manageable. The hopes rely on the institutions that represent financial capitalism, institutions erected by people, and where they do not work, they have to be changed.

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  • Tiberiu Brãilean & Aurelian-Petrus Plopeanu, 2015. "Wall Street’s Culture," Working Papers 87/2015, Institute of Economic Research, revised Apr 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:pes:wpaper:2015:no87

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    crisis; financial system; elite; reform; morality;
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    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • N20 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - General, International, or Comparative

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