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Financial Fragility and the Great Depression

  • Cooper, R.
  • Corbae, D.

    (University of Iowa)

We analyze a financial collapse, such as the one which occurred during the Great Depression, from the perspective of a monetary model with multiple equilibria. The economy we consider contains financial fragility due to increasing returns to scale in the intermediation process. Intermediaries provide the link between savers and firms who require working capital for production.

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Paper provided by University of Iowa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 97-08.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:uia:iowaec:97-08
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