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Misunderstanding financial crises : why we don't see them coming

Author: Gary Gorton
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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"Before 2007, economists thought that financial crises would never happen again in the United States, that such upheavals were a thing of the past. Gary B. Gorton, a prominent expert on financial crises, argues that economists fundamentally misunderstand what they are, why they occur, and why there were none in the U.S. from 1934 to 2007. Misunderstanding Financial Crises offers a back-to-basics overview of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Gorton
ISBN: 9780199922901 019992290X
OCLC Number: 780288789
Description: xiv, 278 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Creating the quiet period --
Financial crises --
Liquidity and secrets --
Credit booms and manias --
The timing of crises --
Economic theory without history --
Debt during crises --
The quiet period and its end --
Moral hazard and too-big-to-fail --
Bank capital --
Fat cats, crisis costs, and the paradox of financial crises --
The panic of 2007-8 --
The theory and practice of seeing.
Other Titles: Why we don't see them coming
Responsibility: Gary B. Gorton.

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