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Economics in the mirror of the financial crisis

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The structure of the Chapter is as follows. In Section 2 I discuss some of the factors that may have played a role in causing the crisis and emphasise that supporters of different economic theories will assign different weights to each factor in their analyses. As a consequence, suggested economic policies are highly sensitive to the economic theory employed in evaluating the set of causes. In Section 3 I seek to defend economists from the common charge that their inability to foresee the crisis is a clear sign of the lack of scientific status of their discipline. In my view, the main liability of mainstream economics lies elsewhere, in its excessive trust on the self-equilibrating mechanisms of free-market economies. Mainstream macroeconomists, enamoured of the efficient financial markets hypothesis, may have been too hasty in dismissing the financial instability hypothesis proposed by Keynes and developed by Minsky. Section 4 briefly outlines Keynes’s and Minsky’s contribution on this subject while Section 5 concludes.

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  • Signorino, Rodolfo, 2010. "Economics in the mirror of the financial crisis," MPRA Paper 39470, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    global financial crisis; symmetry thesis; John Maynard Keynes; Hyman Minsky;

    JEL classification:

    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • B22 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Macroeconomics
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics

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