Surviving a Global Financial Crisis

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Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. In 1996 there was a capital inflow into these countries of 73 billion but in 1997 an outflow of 30 billion. With financial deregulation came careless lending by international banks to these Asian countries. When the extent of indebtedness was known, the creditors panicked. There was a fall in exchange rates, an ineffective rescue effort by the IMF and subsequently a banking crisis and a severe fall in effective demand.

The 1980s US Banking Crisis

Before the 1980s, federal deposit insurance seemed to work exceedingly well. In contrast to the pre-1934 period, when bank failures were common and depositors frequently suffered losses, the period from 1934 to 1980 was one in which bank failures were a rarity, averaging 15 a year for commercial banks and fewer than 5 a year for savings and loans. After 1981, this rosy picture changed dramatically. Failures in both commercial banks and savings and loans climbed to levels more than ten times greater than in earlier years, as can be seen in Figure 1. Why did this happen How did a Number of Bank Failures

The Global Financial Crisis

The underlying differences between saltwater and freshwater economists reemerged sharply in the wake of the financial crisis. Members of the saltwater school saw the massive scale of the crisis as necessitating a similarly massive policy response. This response began with the reduction of official interest rates to zero, followed by quantitative easing (the purchase of financial securities by central banks) and, when monetary policy was exhausted, a return to old-fashioned Keynesian fiscal stimulus on a scale sufficient to offset the collapse of private demand. From the Keynesian viewpoint, the financial crisis exposed the limitations of monetary policy in the face of the conditions described by Keynes as a liquidity trap. By late 2008, the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England had cut interest rates to zero, a step that would normally be expected to lead to an expansion of lending and investment. But there were few willing lenders. Worse, with consumer prices falling, borrowing...

Reanimation how obama caused the global financial crisis

Looking at the way in which Real Business Cycle theorists have tried to write the Great Depression out of macroeconomic history, presenting it instead as a government-induced dislocation of labor markets, it was obvious that, sooner or later, something similar would be attempted with the Global Financial Crisis. But Great Depression revisionism did not take hold until the Depression had faded out of living memory, to the point where hardly any economists who had actually experienced it were still active. I thought a similar process of fading memory would be required for the Global Financial Crisis. As long as the subprime fiasco and the chaos of late 2008 remained vivid memories, it would be impossible to deny that this was, indeed, a crisis made in the financial markets. This is truly impressive. So perspicacious are the financial markets, that even the possibility that Congress might raise taxes, or incorporate a means test in health care legislation that might be passed some time...

The Problem of Bank Failure

A peculiar feature of banking is that a bank's financial health depends on the confidence of depositors in the value of its assets. If depositors come to believe many of the bank's assets have declined in value, each has an incentive to withdraw his or her funds and place them in another bank. A bank faced with the wholesale loss of deposits is likely to close its doors, however, even if the asset side of its balance sheet is fundamentally sound. The reason is that many bank assets are illiquid and cannot be sold quickly to meet deposit obligations without substantial loss to the bank. If an atmosphere of financial panic develops, therefore, bank failure may not be limited to banks that have mismanaged their assets. It is in the interest of each depositor to withdraw his or her money from a bank if all other depositors are doing the same, even when the bank's assets are sound. Bank failures obviously inflict serious financial harm on individual depositors who lose their money. But...

Bank Failures And Banking Panics

A bank failure occurs when a bank is unable to meet the requests of its depositors to withdraw their funds. Typically, the failure occurs when depositors begin to worry about the bank's financial health. They may believe that their bank has made unsound loans that will not be repaid, so that it does not have enough assets to cover its demand deposit liabilities. In that case, everyone will want to be first in Using the Theory Banks Failures and Banking Panics Banking panics can cause serious problems for the nation. First, there is the hardship suffered by people who lose their accounts when their bank fails. Second, even when banks do not fail, the withdrawal of cash decreases the banking system's reserves. As we've seen, the withdrawal of reserves leads through the demand deposit multiplier to a larger decrease in the money supply. In the next chapter, you will learn that a decrease in the money supply can cause a recession. In a banking panic, the money supply can decrease suddenly...

Bank Failure The Controversies

In fact, the complete collapse of a country's banking or financial system is rare. The best example is that of the United States, where the collapse of the banking sector in 1930-33 threatened the entire financial system, and was a contributory factor to the deep depression. Going further back in history, we can identify a British financial crisis in 1866. Proponents of special regulation of banks, and timely intervention if a bank or banks encounter difficulties, would argue that it is the presence of strict regulation of the banking sector which has headed off any serious threats to financial systems of the developed economies. Additionally, there have been many bank failures and crises in emerging markets, most recently in some Asian countries. Contagion spread from problems in Thailand and Indonesia to the economies of a number of countries in the region. Modern-day free bankers argue that government regulation or the presence of a central bank is undesirable because of the...

Bank Failure Quantitative Models

While a qualitative review of bank failure provides some insight into what causes a bank to fail, these ideas must be subjected to more rigorous testing. Any econometric model of bank failure must incorporate the basic point that insolvency is a discrete outcome at a certain point in time. The outcome is binary either the bank fails or it does not. The discussion in the previous section shows that banks (or, in Japan, almost the entire banking sector) are often bailed out by the state before they are allowed to fail. For this reason, the standard definition of failure, insolvency (or negative net worth), is still extended to include all unhealthy banks which are bailed out as a result of state intervention, using any of the methods outlined in earlier sections, such as the creation of a 'bad bank' which assumes all the troubled bank's unhealthy assets and becomes the responsibility of the state, and a merger of the remaining parts with a healthy bank. Some of the methodology employed...

The Determinants Of Bank Failure

The causes of bank failure can be examined using either qualitative or quantitative approaches. In this section both are employed, with a view to providing the reader with a comprehensive review of the determinants of bank failure. The section begins by reporting the results of qualitative studies of bank failure. Based on 'case studies', it is possible to identify common causes of bank failure. Having reviewed the qualitative results, the findings of econometric models used to identify the determinants of bank failure are reported. In a final exercise, the quantitative and qualitative findings are discussed and compared.

The 1997 Financial Crisis And Its Impact On Financial Reforms

There is plenty of literature on the causes and symptoms of the Asian financial crisis in general, and the experience of Thailand in particular see, for example, McKinnon and Pill (1998). Specifically, the poor supervision of commercial banks and finance companies by the BoT is widely seen as a key reason for the Thai economy's rapid collapse after the baht was floated in July 1997 (Vatikiotis, 1998 Vatikiotis and Keenan, 1999), along with the aforementioned build-up of private international debt through the BIBFs. When the property and stock price boom were in full swing, financial institutions did not spend resources on valuing the underlying collateral because they believed that the gains would be substantial should the need for foreclosure arise. 6 RESTRUCTURING AND REGULATORY REFORM New Institutions Formed to Cope with the Post-1997 Financial Crisis The Asset Management Corporation (AMC) The initial capital of 1,500 million baht came from the BoT, with further annual...

The legacies of the war for the US economy

The most detailed and thoughtful effort to measure the economic costs of the loss of life and other costs of the war is John Maurice Clark's (1931) The Cost of the World War to the American People. Indeed, Clark's study seems to stand alone. There has been no similarly exhaustive study of the impact of World War II. In part, the lack of a similar study for World War II reflects the revolution of ideas held by economists. Although Clark believed that increased spending could have a multiplier effect on aggregate demand (Dorfman 1970), his analysis was essentially neoclassical resources allocated to the war effort had alternative uses. By the end of World War II most US economists were Keynesians. Wartime spending increased total GDP by more than the initial spending the war had, from an economic point of view, almost no costs. The war paid for itself by increasing total output through the multiplier process. In World War I, moreover, the US economy was already at full employment when...

Are the Risks of an International Banking Crisis Increasing

First, let us restate our definition. An international banking crisis is the international transmission of financial problems that, without policy intervention, would have threatened the stability of the banking system and the operation of the payments system in a number of different countries. On this definition, events that come even close to being classified as international banking crises have been extremely rare. Over the past century there has been Credit Anstalt, Herstatt, and the problems of Sovereign Debt lending, and none of these can really be categorized as a fully fledged international banking crisis. Moreover, on balance we can argue that, the globalization of banking notwithstanding, the risks of an international banking crisis in the early part of the twenty-first century have diminished rather than increased, relative to the situation in the second half of the twentieth century. Our argument runs as follows. First we consider again, and in turn, the main forces...

Bank Failure A Qualitative Review

This author has reported the details of individual bank failure cases from around the world elsewhere (Heffernan, 1996). Based on those cases, together with some failures which have occurred since, it is possible to iden tify the major features of failure. The list of causes, as it appears below, is for ease of exposition - it is rare for a bank failure to be due to one single factor. Usually, there are a number of contributing factors. For example, poor management can be the source of a weak loan portfolio, or sloppy supervision and regulatory forbearance can make conditions ripe for rogue traders and fraud.

Clustering bank failures tend to be clustered around a few years

Looking at failures across a number of countries, there appears to be a clustering effect in relation to bank failures. In the United States, there were serious banking problems in the 1931-39 and 1981-90 periods. In Spain, 48 banks failed between 1978 and 1983, and in Japan, banking problems have persisted through the 1990s. The presence of a herd instinct among depositors and investors would explain a run on several banks over a relatively short period, and more recently, this has been coupled with a flight to quality or to banks thought to be too big to fail. However, it does not explain why banking problems last for up to a decade, suggesting that macroeconomic factors are at work. To conclude this section, seven factors have been identified as the contributory factors to bank failure. However, the discussion itself illustrates that most failures are explained by an interaction of the various causes listed above. A more precise answer can be supplied by quantitative models.

What Is An International Banking Crisis

This internationalization raises new concerns about financial stability. Might financial problems, perhaps originating in some obscure part of the globe far from the major financial centres, lead to major solvency problems among the world's banks and threaten the functioning of the world's financial markets The objective of this chapter is to examine whether globalization of banking does indeed bring with it increased risks of an international banking crisis of this kind. Addressing this issue requires first a clarification of what constitutes a banking crisis and, in particular, of what constitutes an international banking crisis. As we note in Section 2, where we discuss the theory and history of banking crises, it is advisable to restrict the term 'banking crisis' to cases where widespread bank failure threatens the stability of the banking system and the operation of the payments system. Banking crises are thus to be distinguished from other financial problems by their severity...

The Totem Pole of Economics

The third man on the totem pole is Karl Marx. Although his endorsement of centrally planned command economies at both the micro and macro level has been largely discredited, Marxist interpretations of class conflict and economic crisis still draw the attention of sociologists, historians, and economists.1

Life the great risk shift

7 This faith has been shaken by the experience of the financial crisis, where U.S. unemployment rates rapidly reached and surpassed those of the EU, in part because it was so easy to fire people. Undeterred, Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute, delivering the Irving Kristol Lecture at that body's 2009 annual dinner, assured his audience that yet-to-be-made discoveries in genetics and neuroscience would prove that the European model was unnatural and unsustainable.

The trouble with economists and policies

What is the link between institutional change and economic growth This is the issue dealt with by Jean-Luc Gaffard in Chapter 11. The problems that are common to all European countries are the maintenance of full employment, social achievement and levels of welfare. The common solution is growth and innovation, that is, access to the most advanced technologies as the way to revamp the growth process. In order to achieve this, the prevailing consensus, derived from unfavourable comparisons with the performance of the US economy, consists in promoting the emergence of a new institutional framework and enhancing potential growth rates. This consensus is built on a theoretical framework which focuses on structural properties of the economy. It considers macroeconomic intervention to assure stability and

The wider impact on growth and development

Few historians are likely to be persuaded by Ahmed's (1986) argument that the achievements of the British war economy can be put down to the smooth operation of market forces during the war itself. However, the boom in the US economy before 1917 was a decidedly market-led affair which seems to fit the classical model well, with workers increasing labour supply to take advantage of the high wages on offer in munitions factories. Furthermore, the classical view reminds us that, before the outbreak of war in 1914, Britain had a long history as a market economy. Clearly, this had to be taken into account by those implementing state controls during wartime. Also, it meant that Britain had the benefit of capabilities developed in a market economy context before the war, including high levels of productivity across all sectors and a high degree of flexibility.

Death the dissenters and their vindication

In retrospect, the Great Moderation was dead by the time its discovery was announced in the early 2000s. The recovery from the 2001 recession was not, as advocates of the Great Moderation supposed, the beginning of a third long expansion in the United States. Rather, it was weak, short lived, and overwhelmingly driven by the unsustainable bubble in housing prices and the expansionary monetary policies of Greenspan and Bernanke. The expansion lasted only six years. It was four years old before total employment regained the prerecession peak. All of the employment gains of the expansion, and more, were wiped out in the first few months of the Global Financial Crisis. It was left to Keynes and his followers to produce the first really convincing theory of the business cycle, and the first effective policy response to severe economic crises. Keynesians argued that, without adequate regulation, financial instability was inevitable. This view was part of the assumed background for...

The Anatomy of Crisis

The depression also produced a far-reaching change in professional economic opinion. The economic collapse shattered the long-held belief, which had been strengthened during the 1920s, that monetary policy was a potent instrument for promoting economic stability. Opinion shifted almost to the opposite extreme, that money does not matter. John Maynard Keynes, one of the

The State of the Economy

In 2005, Argentina restructured most of its bonded public debt, on which it had defaulted in 2001, in a highly controversial negotiation process. The country obtained a large debt reduction, which greatly improved its financial profile. Still, many bondholders did not accept the proposal and are currently in litigation with Argentina in courts around the world. Despite the large debt reduction achieved, the economic crisis forced the government to issue additional debt. As a result, Argentina's public indebtedness is still high, hovering around 80 of GDP, and leaving little room for policy flexibility.

The Poor Preparation For Understanding

Obviously, this theoretical perspective colored historical interpretation. The rise of industrial capitalism in the late nineteenth-century United States was viewed as simply a process by which the 'Robber Barons' acquired monopoly power. The banking panics of 1893 and 1907 were viewed as the result of the inherent instability of capitalist industrial processes. The solution to these problems, if one was conservative, was to bring capitalism under the control of democratic forces (preferably dominated by leaders of industry themselves). To eliminate monopoly, the Sherman (1890), Clayton (1914) and Federal Trade Commission (1914) Acts were passed. To eliminate bank panics and regulate business cycles, the Federal Reserve System (1913) was established. Radicals, on the other hand, argued that such reformist measures would not rid society of the ills of capitalism which possessed inherent contradictions and that only a transition to a socialist society would accomplish that goal.

The State of the Nation

The country has been a laboratory for economic policy experiments and has changed policies frequently. After decades of heavy-handed government intervention in the economy, the country passionately embraced free market policies in the 1990s. The latest financial crisis triggered a new shift in economic policies, but their direction is not yet totally clear.

Other Responsibilities

The Bank is intensively involved domestically and internationally with various institutions and other central banks in order to maintain financial market stability. In this regard, the Bank is vigilant in promoting initiatives that would strengthen the financial system. And, of course, the Bank is prepared to handle any financial crisis that might arise and is the financial system's lender of last resort.'' The former was apparent after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when the Bank cooperated fully with the Federal Reserve and other central banks to ensure financial market stability and liquidity in the immediate aftermath. The Bank compiles and publishes monetary and banking statistics.

Introduction to the Third Edition

In response to the deepening economic crisis, politicians and their economic advisers are offering more of the same deficit-spending and money-creation snake oil. President Obama is promoting a massive 800-billion program of increased government spending and tax cuts over two years that includes the largest public works program since World War II. But this stimulus program is nothing but a continuation of the failed financial bailout under a new name. The Federal government will continue to spend and spend like a drunken sailor on shore leave. And, as Chairman Bernanke has indicated, the Fed will happily accommodate this orgy of wasteful and destructive spending by creating money to buy assets of every kind imaginable. The prevailing macroeconomics paradigm has burst asunder along with the real estate bubble. Modern macroeconomists failed to forewarn against the dangers of the recklessly inflationary monetary policy pursued by the Fed in the first half of this decade. They now are at...

Reanimation a global crisis or a transitory blip

More fundamentally, the idea that we are still in a Great Moderation in which stability is the result of good policy fails the laugh test. The story used to be that the good public policy that gave us stability consisted of the judicious adjustment of interest rates in line with a Taylor rule based on inflation rates and output growth. The response to the Global Financial Crisis started out that way, but the policymakers rapidly threw the rulebook out the window. Interest rates were cut all the way to zero. Then huge amounts of liquidity were pumped into banks and Wall Street firms through quantitative easing and opening of the

The Early Years Of The Reserve System

When the System was established, Britain was the center of the financial world. The world was said to be on a gold standard but it could equally well have been said to be on a sterling standard. The Federal Reserve System was envisioned primarily as a means of avoiding banking panics and facilitating commerce secondarily, as the government's banker. It was, taken for granted that it would operate within a world gold standard, reacting to external events but not shaping them.

The Economists Influence On Austrian Policy In The 1930s Fact Or Fiction

Characterized by economic crisis, the slow demise of the parliamentary system, and the restoration of monetary and financial stability, their impact was considerable in educating politicians and representatives of international institutions in influential positions with regard to Austrian economic policy. (As may be concluded from Morgenstern's experiences with the Hauptverband the education of industrial interests eventually turned out still more difficult). This education resulted in firmly linking the conservative governments, in particular those of the St ndestaat era, to a monetary and fiscal framework again dominated by the mentality of the gold standard, that is, the quest for sound money and a balanced budget. In any case, in this regard a caveat is in order for it is difficult to judge, if the power exerted by the foreign creditors and the financial experts, for example, those of the LoN, had not led to a similar result, even without the interventions of the Austrian...

Smithian Metaphors After Adam Smith

The introduction of new metaphors into an already shaped metaphorical (re)description of the world has the consequence of modifying it. A good example is the appearance of the idea of crisis in economic thought the word 'crisis', in a political (and then economic) sense, comes into use at about the time of the French Revolution. 'Crisis' - etymologically, 'judgement' - comes from juridical, medical and theological jargon. The word started to be used in English in the last decade of the eighteenth century in order to describe the high risk of a sudden social change or a < revolution> (in its turn an astro-nomico-political metaphor). The first pamphlet by Malthus was entitled precisely The Crisis. In Malthus's political economy the permanent risk of under-consumption hints precisely at the risk of an economic crisis, in present-day jargon, or of the beginning of one of those 'intervals' of disturbances which used to show up between two 'permanent states' in the economy. We already...

Death the crisis of 2008

As with the other doctrines discussed in this book, the death of the Efficient Markets Hypothesis was not a sudden shock arising from the Global Financial Crisis. The evidence for the strong forms of the Efficient Markets Hypothesis was never particularly convincing. Rather, it was an idea that suited both the demands of the times and the intellectual tendencies that were dominant within the economics profession. The crises of the mid-1990s hit countries that had, in general, embraced the policies of the Washington Consensus. The pattern was the same in each case. Following financial deregulation, countries enjoyed strong capital inflows and booming stock markets. Some seemingly minor event produced a reversal in market sentiment and a sudden flight of capital, producing an economic crisis. Following the crisis, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and world markets sought to impose the 1980s package of public expenditure cuts and economic contraction, which only exacerbated the...

Box 62 Another view of the optimum tariff offer curve analysis

Although Japan's macroeconomic downturn in the 1990s and its prolonged banking crisis have diverted attention away from the alleged virtues of government targeting, the historical record may be interpreted by some as a demonstration that the Japanese economy prospered in spite of, rather than because of, Tokyo's efforts to target future winners. Europeans have tried the same strategic trade approach by supporting what they viewed as critical industries. The French computer industry has been a huge recipient of aid from Paris, but it continues to perform poorly in competition with US and Japanese firms. Airbus's technological success

Reanimation chicago revives the dead

The Global Financial Crisis, along with the earlier dotcom crisis has shown that, on any ordinary understanding of its terms, the Efficient Markets Hypothesis can't be right. Despite reaching a scale and sophistication unparalleled in history, global financial markets have shown themselves subject to the same manias, bubbles, and busts that were seen in the Dutch tulip craze of the seventeenth century. never really gives an explanation, except to say that it's easy to misper-ceive bubbles. As far as macroeconomics is concerned, the experience of the Great Depression and of the current Global Financial Crisis (which as Sumner implies, really began with the 2001 recessions) is pretty strong evidence that market liberalism is not the right policy, at least not for all occasions and not in the forms that prevailed in the 1920s or the 1990s. The ultimate response to this invulnerable zombie must be the same as that of Popper to Freudian psychology. If the Great Depression, the dotcom boom...

On Crisis And Adjustment [1939

Now, it is relatively easy to describe the position of the expansionists. Their intellectual weapons have been forged precisely in order to meet a situation of chronical underemployment. Whatever the merits of their case, at least they leave nobody in doubt as to what is their diagnosis. Once this is accepted, the therapy follows logically. In their view an economic crisis is the necessary consequence of a setback in investment activity. They demonstrate that every change in total

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

US regulatory body founded in 1933 to insure depositors against bank failures and to take on the role of chartering national commercial banks. It is largely financed by assessments on the deposits held by insured national and state banks. When an insured bank fails, each depositor can claim up to 100,000 from the FDIC. To protect depositors, the FDIC can also facilitate bank mergers through loans and the purchase of assets from insured banks. Its three directors include the comptroller of the currency. Critics of the principle of deposit insurance assert that it encourages banks to have imprudent lending policies.

The place of creative industries in knowledge economy strategies

Another reason has to do with the thoroughly commercial nature of R& D investment in the big creative industries. Arguments for state interventions in what are, after all, massive multinational commercial enterprises and sectors may simply not be robust enough. The argument against this is essentially the same as the one above. While this may be to a significant (but by no means complete) extent true of the US economy, it is true of probably no other economy. While the private sector is the major driver of creative industries such as film, broadcasting, music, games, leisure software, architecture, design and so on, smaller economies always need public sector involvements. This is reinforced by the risk-averse nature of private sector investment in many smaller economies with branch-plant corporate structures and mentalities. R& D, properly defined, for the creative industries will always be in need of public sector involvement. disciplines (business, education, leisure and...

Linear and Growth Trend Comparison

Economists know that most people are risk averse. People tend to worry more about the potential loss of a fixed sum, say 100,000, than they would celebrate a similar gain. This is especially true of successful retirees, who want to keep the wealth they have accumulated rather than risk an irretrievable loss. In an economic environment with rapid technical advance, well-to-do elderly become easy marks for doomsayers with dire predictions. This is despite the fact that predictions of economic collapse or political disintegration seldom prove accurate.

Box 72 A Nafta scorecard

Although the analysis of export and import flows before and after the creation of a trade bloc is an important economic yardstick for evaluating its effects, another perspective on NAFTA is quite relevant politically in the United States. Because the Mexican economy was one-twentieth the size of the US economy, both positive and negative trade effects were likely to be small. Nevertheless, if these marginal effects added to an already difficult process of adjustment for US industries, the demands for government intervention would be magnified.

The Economics Of Illusion

Leadership would decide priorities and dictate that resources flow in a direction that would achieve those priorities. Such a wartime approach to the allocation of scarce resources cannot persist indefinitely since it tends to disregard the economic cost of resource use.17 Throughout their history, Soviet economic planners possessed neither the information nor the incentive to appraise the alternative use of scarce resources in production. Without any method to assess the opportunity cost of resource use, waste and mis-allocation inevitably result. In other words, the Soviet system was in a state of perpetual economic crisis.18

Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium

In the life cycle of ideas, the point where everyone has accepted an idea often seems to come just before its death. So it was at the high water mark of orthodox Keynesianism in the late 1960s. So it has also turned out for the elegant theoretical framework that ultimately succeeded Keynesian-ism. This framework went under the grandiose title of Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE to its friends). At the moment of triumph, this beautiful theory was struck down by the ugly fact of the Global Financial Crisis. It now lives on, but only in zombie form. The Global Financial Crisis did not so much confirm or refute the elaborate arguments of the competing schools as render them irrelevant. The saltwater school could claim vindication for their view that the economy is not inherently stable. However, their models had little to say about the kind of crisis we have actually observed, driven by an interaction between macroeconomic imbalances and massive financial speculation....

Thingsthat a few banks will come to dominate the industry making the banking business

Economists see some important benefits of bank consolidation and nationwide banking. The elimination of geographic restrictions on banking will increase competition and drive inefficient banks out of business, thus raising the efficiency of the banking sector. The move to larger banking organizations also means that there will be some increase in efficiency because they can take advantage of economies of scale and scope. The increased diversification of banks' loan portfolios may lower the probability of a banking crisis in the future. In the 1980s and early 1990s, bank failures were often concentrated in states with weak economies. For example, after the decline in oil prices in 1986, all the major commercial banks in Texas, which had been very profitable, now found themselves in trouble. At that time, banks in New England were doing fine. However, when the 1990-1991 recession hit New England hard, New England banks started failing. With nationwide banking, a bank could make loans in...

Russias Struggle For Normalcy

Sharply because of the depletion of old oil fields and a lack of investment in new, harder-to-reach fields in the tundra. The Soviet Union began to borrow from abroad, both to fill the gap left by falling export earnings and to try to modernize the economy. All of this was to no avail the old system could not be salvaged. In the second half of the 1980s, the Soviet economy was caught in scissors of falling oil export earnings and rising external debt, as shown in figure 1. Oil earnings exceeded Soviet foreign net debt in 1985 ( 22 billion versus 18 billion), but by 1989, debt had risen to 44 billion (on its way to 57 billion in 1991), while oil earnings had collapsed to a mere 13 billion. By 1991, the creditors (many of which were major German banks) stopped making loans and started demanding repayments, paving the way to economic collapse.

The Expansionary Phase Of The Interventionist Process

This section, by far the longest of the chapter, first explores how and why state intervention in the context of the knowledge problem tends to generate patterns of negative unintended consequences. It next examines the role of exogenous and endogenous ideological change in sustaining the interventionist process, and then inquires into the causes and consequences of the economic crisis that interventionism brings on. Finally, it suggests how the underlying analysis of these largely macroeconomic patterns might relate to and impinge on the level of individual markets and vice versa.

The Curious Case of Nikolai Kondratieff

Just because Kondratieff was persecuted by the Soviets should not imply that his theory that capitalism automatically goes through fifty-to-sixty-year cycles is correct. Belief in the so-called Kondratieff long-wave cycle still survives on among some economists, historians, and financial analysts who regularly predict another depression and economic crisis. However, it has now been nearly eighty years since the last worldwide depression. As Victor Zarnowitz concluded recently, There is much disagreement about the very existence of some of the long waves even among the supporters of the concept, and more disagreement yet about the timing of the waves and their phases (Zarnowitz 1992, 238).

Why are the consequences of intervention perverse

At the heart of Mises's critique of interventionism was his contention that a policy of limited government intervention into the market process leads to unintended consequences that even its sponsors deem undesirable. These consequences can appear as direct or indirect results of an intervention that is, either as unwanted effects that emanate directly from the intervention or as effects of later interventions that were believed necessary to alleviate the problems that the initial intervention caused. Mises himself did not deal in his critique with calculational or knowledge-based considerations adequately enough to address the question of why public authorities would so doggedly pursue an inherently flawed policy to the point of bringing on a major politico-economic crisis. I have proposed that the answer has to do not only with ideology, as Mises seemed to suggest, or with structural or personal incentives, as public choice has emphasized, but also with the knowledge problem in...

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991

The bill reduced the scope of deposit insurance in several ways, but the most important one is that the too-big-to-fail doctrine has been substantially limited. The FDIC must now close failed banks using the least-costly method, thus making it far more likely that uninsured depositors will suffer losses. An exception to this provision, whereby a bank would be declared too big to fail so that all depositors, both insured and uninsured, would be fully protected, would be allowed only if not doing so would have serious adverse effects on economic conditions or financial stability. Furthermore, to invoke the too-big-to-fail policy, a two-thirds majority of both the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the directors of the FDIC, as well as the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, are required. Furthermore, FDICIA requires that the Fed share the FDIC's losses if long-term Fed lending to a bank that fails increases the FDIC's losses.

Banking Crises Throughout the World

Because misery loves company, it may make you feel better to know that the United States has by no means been alone in suffering a banking crisis. Indeed, as Table 2 and Figure 2 illustrate, banking crises have struck a large number of countries throughout the world, and many of them have been substantially worse than ours. We will examine what took place in several of these other countries and see that the same forces that produced a banking crisis in the United States have been at work elsewhere too.

Latin America The Latin American banking crises typically show a pattern similar to those in the

Before the 1980s, banks in many Latin American countries were owned by the government and were subject to interest-rate restrictions as in Scandinavia. Their lending was restricted to the government and other low-risk borrowers. With the deregulation trend that was occurring world-wide, many of these countries liberalized their credit markets and privatized their banks. We then see the same pattern we saw in the United States and Scandinavia, a lending boom in the face of inadequate expertise on the part of both bankers and regulators. The result was again massive loan losses and the inevitable government bailout. The Argentine banking crisis of 2001, which is ongoing, differed from those typically seen in Latin America. Argentina's banks were well supervised and in relatively good shape before A banking panic erupted in October and November 2001, with the Argentine public rushing to withdraw their deposits. On December 1, after losing more than 8...

Essential Reading

The Website of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at < http www.fdic.gov> has lots of good analysis of how the industry is doing, basic statistics about the industry, and analysis of trends and policy issues. For example, click on Bank Data and then look for the report on An Examination the Banking Crisis of the 1980s and Early 1990s, for an in-depth discussion of many of the issues raised here. To be specific, the report is at

The Long Term Capital Management Debacle

Even though no public funds were expended, the Fed's involvement in organizing the rescue of Long-Term Capital was highly controversial. Some critics argue that the Fed intervention increased moral hazard by weakening discipline imposed by the market on fund managers because future Fed interventions of this type would be expected. Others think that the Fed's action was necessary to prevent a major shock to the financial system that could have provoked a financial crisis. The debate on whether the Fed should have intervened is likely to go on for some time.

Life rationality and the representative agent

While it lived, the micro-based approach to macroeconomics that culminated in DSGE profoundly influenced the way in which economists thought about economic systems. Even after the comprehensive failure of DSGE models in the Global Financial Crisis, those patterns of thought remain largely unchanged. Such is the power of zombie ideas.

The Myth of the Failure of Capitalism

The nearly universal opinion expressed these days is that the economic crisis of recent years marks the end of capitalism. Capitalism allegedly has failed, has proven itself incapable of solving economic problems, and so mankind has no alternative, if it is to survive, then to make the transition to a planned economy, to socialism.

The Spectres Of Globalisation And Convergence

Admittedly, forceful processes of integration and homogenisation are likely to persist, and even accelerate. However, this does not mean that they will overwhelm the counteracting forces of divergence, or eradicate all important differences. There are several reasons for this judgement. First, as Paul David (1975) argued in a seminal study, learning always builds cumulatively on its past. Hence the centrality of learning to technological change renders economic development a path-dependent process. Similarly, as Paolo Saviotti (1996, pp. 199-202) has elaborated, innovation promotes divergence and institutional rigidities restrain convergence. Storper and Salais (1997) not only have cited evidence of specialisation and product diversification but also have argued convincingly that different national production systems are embedded in diverse and durable institutional frameworks that endure the growth the world trade. Accordingly, contrary to some pronouncements,...

The Launch Of Reforms

Perhaps not surprisingly, when I arrived in India in mid-1994, just three years after the start of these major changes and with India still shaking off the remnants of a financial crisis, the academic economists were still pessimistic. How could India possibly compete in world markets How could India avoid domination by a new East India Company My protestations that trade liberalization works that India's exports were bound to grow were met with repeated warnings that India is different. In which sectors would India compete they asked me repeatedly. Thank goodness the choice was made by the markets, not me I would have placed my bets on labor-intensive manufactures footwear, toys, apparel, electronics just as in China. While those sectors did achieve some notable gains, they were not destined to be the engines of growth for India in the first decade of reforms. To nearly worldwide astonishment, India became a hub of large-scale service-sector exports in the new information...

Death how did economists get it so wrong

As with the other ideas discussed in this book, the project of securing neoclassical micro-foundations for macroeconomics did not die, all at once, with the emergence of the Global Financial Crisis. The most ambitious form of the project, New Classical macroeconomics, was also the first to fail, and did so as soon as its policy prescriptions were put into effect in Britain and New Zealand. The Real Business Cycle version lasted a little longer but was unable to accommodate the empirical evidence. By the eve of the Global Financial Crisis, the DSGE approach seemed to have conquered all rivals and to represent the future of macroeconomic theory. The crisis, and the failure of mainstream macroeconomics to offer a successful prediction, useful diagnosis, or coherent responses to this event, shattered the DSGE consensus.

The Political Genius of the Founders of the Federal Reserve System

The termination of the Second Bank's national charter in 1836 created a severe problem for American financial markets, because there was no lender of last resort who could provide reserves to the banking system to avert a bank panic. Hence in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, nationwide bank panics became a regular event, occurring every twenty years or so, culminating in the panic of 1907. The 1907 panic resulted in such widespread bank failures and such substantial losses to depositors that the public was finally convinced that a central bank was needed to prevent future panics.

Leontief technology o3

His work on input-output analysis started with a paper and input-output table for the US economy in 1925. Later he developed his model by incorporating the effects of excess capacity, price changes and technical progress. In 1973, he ambitiously began the modelling of the world economy using input-output methods. His studies led him to advocate five-year planning for the USA as a means of reducing the costs of labour and capital being unemployed in phases of the business cycle. Another celebrated study in applied economics was his attack on the heckscher-ohlin theorem of international trade in 1954. Leontief objected to many aspects of keynesian economics, particularly its methodology which, because it relies so much on the definitions used,

The Challenge Of The Mixed Economy

What is perhaps unknown, especially among those who have only recently come to appreciate Mises's vision and analysis of the inherent flaws of collectivism,3 is that he also addressed the fundamental questions and concerns confronting mixed economies today. Mises published Kritik des Interventionismus (Critique of Interventionism) in 1929, nine years after his initial assault on the intellectual basis of socialism and in the same year that marked the beginning of the world-wide economic crisis that followed nearly a decade of government monetary manipulation. In this later work, Mises declared the mixed economy contradictory and illogical, and dared the advocates of government intervention, in a manner reminiscent of his debate with the advocates of collectivism, to present a set of logically consistent and workable principles

An overview of the GCubed multicountry model

Intertemporal general equilibrium model. It combines the approach taken in the earlier research of McKibbin and Sachs (1991) in the McKibbin-Sachs Global model (MSG model) with the disaggregated, econometrically-estimated, intertemporal general equilibrium model of the US economy by Jorgenson and Wilcoxen (1990).

Problems Lessons Recipes The Economists Advice

In the aftermath of the experience with hyperinflation in 1922 1923 and based on the Austrian theory of the business cycle - where inflation by fueling the boom is the true cause of crisis and depression - the Austrians considered inflation as the prime economic evil. Accordingly, they condemned as misguided the policy of the Austrian National Bank in face of the Creditanstalt crisis in 1931, that is, its coping with the crisis by supplying funds in exchange for Creditanstalt bills, thus increasing its bills' portfolio and, simultaneously, loosing its exchange reserves due to a currency crisis in the wake of the banking crisis. The Austrians persisted in

Monetary Overinvestment Theory And Adjustment

The Austrian analysis of crisis runs in neoclassical terms. An economic crisis is due to a dislocation of the structure of production, expressed by distortion of relative prices of producers' and consumers' goods. The cause of the maladjustment has to be sought in a rate of interest which was 'too low', i.e., at a level lower than can be maintained, if a constant increase in the quantity of money and, ultimately, an explosion of the price system is to be prevented. Under the stimulus of the low rate of interest, entrepreneurs begin to embark upon investment projects but since, as we saw, the rate of interest cannot permanently be kept at a level which entails progressive inflation, they find it impossible to complete these projects (or to maintain those that were completed).

After the zombies toward a realistic macroeconomics

Animal Spirits was mostly written before, or in the early stages of, the Global Financial Crisis, but the crisis has made its central point more important than ever. For many years economists have worked like the anecdotal drunk who searches for his dropped keys under a lamppost because the light is better there. In the future, and particularly in macroeconomics, economists will need to look where the keys are and build tools that will improve the chances of success. Second, as I've already mentioned, although people fail to consider some low-probability extreme contingencies, they tend (perhaps in compensation) to overweight those they do consider. In the macroeconomic context, the normal situation is one in which people disregard or at least do not account for the risk of a serious recession. In a crisis, the normal outlook may suddenly be replaced by a far more pessimistic outlook in which the same people place a high weight on the possibility of total economic collapse. A...

Wicksell and the Natural Rate of Interest

Moreover, if monetary policy pushed market interest rates below the natural rate, the central bank could create an unstable business cycle that could lead to financial disaster. With natural rate, Mises borrowed an idea from the brilliant Swedish economist Knut Wicksell (1851-1926), who defined the natural rate of interest to be the rate that equalizes the supply and demand for saving based on the social rate of time preference. For example, if the Swiss have a natural savings rate higher than the Swedish, the natural rate of interest will tend to be lower in Switzerland than in Sweden, assuming a neutral monetary policy by the government.

Exchange market institutions

The major commercial banks have recently created a new transactions clearing system which will reduce or eliminate default risks in the case of a bank failure. This problem can arise because European banks are operating 6 hours ahead of US banks, so a transaction may be completed in Europe before New York is open for business. This means that a few hours have existed in which one half of the transaction is complete and the other is not. When a German bank, Herstatt, failed in 1974, a number of other commercial banks absorbed losses on transactions with Herstatt which were only half completed. The new system, operating under the name CLS (Continuous Linked Settlement) Bank first nets out transactions in the opposite between pairs of banks, so that only one net payment is made. It then schedules such payments during hours when both banks are open for the booking of transactions. The netting out of opposite transactions greatly reduces the volume of payments to be made. For one day in...

Expanding Behavior of the Currency Ratio

A bank failure occurs when the bank is no longer able to pay back its depositors. Before creation of the FDIC in 1933, if you had an account at a bank that failed, you would suffer a substantial loss you could not withdraw your savings and might receive only a small fraction of the value of your deposits sometime in the future. The simultaneous failure of many banks is called a bank panic, and the Great Depression years 1930-1933 witnessed the worst set of bank panics in U.S. history. From the end of 1930 to the bank holiday in March 1933, more than one-third of the banks in the United States failed.

Unsound Corporate Governance Arrangements

Some bank ownership structures tend to produce ineffective corporate governance. In some cases, particular corporate structures (for example, banks being part of larger conglomerates) encourage connected lending and weak risk analysis of borrowers. This was found to be the case in a significant number of bank failures in the countries of South East Asia and Latin America. Some corporate structures also make it comparatively easy for banks to effectively conceal losses and unsound financial positions.

European Union economic performances the data and the debate

The problem that is common to all European economies is how to maintain full employment, social achievements and levels of welfare. The common answer is growth and innovation, that is, access to the most advanced technologies - the way to revamp the growth process. As to achieving this, there is today a prevailing consensus, derived mainly from unfavourable comparison with the performance of the US economy, which consists in promoting the emergence of a new institutional framework and enhancing potential growth rates.

The Growing European Commitment to Price Stability

As our analysis in Chapter 8 showed, financial crises can interfere with the ability of financial markets to channel funds to people with productive investment opportunities, thereby leading to a sharp contraction in economic activity. The promotion of a more stable financial system in which financial crises are avoided is thus an important goal for a central bank. Indeed, as discussed in Chapter 14, the Federal Reserve System was created in response to the bank panic of 1907 to promote financial stability.

Macroeconometric models

The pivotal figure in the history of econometric model-building was Lawrence Klein, a close student of The General Theory. Klein took advantage of recent developments in structural econometrics due to Trygve Haavelmo and the Cowles Commission. Building on Tinbergen's work, by 1950 Klein formulated and estimated three models of the interwar US economy. Working with Arthur Goldberger, Klein developed a seminal model of the postwar US economy in 1955, a model with 20 stochastic equations and five identities that was used for forecasting and policy analysis. Meanwhile, Tinbergen supervised the creation of a series of increasingly sophisticated models of the Dutch economy. Working with a group at Oxford University, Klein developed a model for the UK economy. (For the early history of macroeconometrics, see Morgan, 1990 Hendry and Morgan, 1995.)

The Role of the Financial Sector

Very little of this is likely to survive the financial crisis. At its peak, the financial sector (finance, insurance, and real estate) accounted for around 18 percent of GDP and a much larger share of GDP growth. With professional and business services included, the total share of gross financial sector output in gross domestic product was greater than 30 percent. The finance and business services sector is now contracting, and it is clear that a significant part of the output measured in the bubble years was illusory.

An Attempt to Relate European Financial History to Current LDC Issues[

When my Manias, Panics and Crashes (1978a) appeared, an Argentine friend wrote privately that the model beautifully explained the Argentine financial crisis of 1974. In that model an autonomous shock to economic markets opens up new investment opportunities, resulting in a reallocation of investment. It can happen that the first investors in this new set of opportunities are followed by others in a euphoric wave as the second tier sees the first reaping substantial profits. The new direction of investment grows. If an attempt is made to contain the boom by restrictive monetary policy, financial innovation that monetizes unutilized forms of credit may overcome the intended restraint. At some stage, with followers close on the heels of leaders, expectations of continued profitability give way, slowly or rapidly, and some of those who have been moving out of money or monetized credit into real or illiquid financial assets begin to move back into cash. Whether there is a financial crash...

Monetarism And The Great Depression

According to a monumental study by Milton Friedman in collaboration with Anna Schwartz, bank failures caused the Depression.10 However, as noted, the chain of causation was much longer. Falling agricultural prices and farm bankruptcies led to the bank failures in Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Arkansas, and North Carolina.11 If these failures were insufficient, the aforementioned failure of the Bank of the United States of New York stampeded people out of bank deposits and into cash. Other banks began to experience withdrawal pains.

Death the rich get richer and the poor go nowhere

Although the trickle-down hypothesis never had much in the way of supporting evidence, empirical testing was difficult. In particular, its proponents never specified the time period over which the benefits of growth were supposed to percolate through to the poor. But, just as the crises of the 1970s marked the end of the Bretton Woods era, the Global Financial Crisis marks the end of the era of finance-driven market liberalism. To the extent that any assessment of the distributional effects of market liberal policies will ever be possible, it is possible now.

Box 152 Printing the budget deficit as a route to inflation

A major reason for the increased variability of money velocity is probably what has become known as currency substitution.9 The monetarist view that the demand for a national currency is a stable function of that country's GNP is based on the implicit assumption that each currency has a monopoly as the circulating money within its national borders that is, that only dollars are used in the US economy, only sterling is used in the United Kingdom, and so on. That may be true for paper currency but not for bank accounts. As barriers to international capital flows have declined and business has become more international, an increasingly large number of firms hold more than one currency in the form of bank deposits. They might hold each currency in proportion to the amount of business they do in that country, but if they observe that different interest rates are available on deposits in various countries and they form expectations as to likely exchange rate changes, they should make...

Exchange Rate Targeting

However, in 1998 Argentina entered another recession, which was both severe and very long lasting. By the end of 2001, unemployment reached nearly 20 , a level comparable to that experienced in the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The result has been civil unrest and the fall of the elected government, as well as a major banking crisis and a default on nearly 150 billion of government debt. Because the Central Bank of Argentina had no control over monetary policy under the currency board system, it was unable to use monetary policy to expand the economy and get out of its recession. Furthermore, because the currency board did not allow the central bank to create pesos and lend them to banks, it had very little capability to act as a lender of last resort. In January 2002, the currency board finally collapsed and the peso depreciated by more than 70 . The result was the full-scale financial crisis described in Chapter 8, with inflation shooting up and an...

David Humes specie flow mechanism

The implications of this mechanism are often quite severe. When a state or region suffers a major export loss, the resulting declines in output and incomes are not limited to the export industry. The resulting payments deficit drains money out of the local economy and banking system, deepening the resulting economic downturn. Eventually, local wages and other costs of doing business decline sufficiently to attract new businesses, and a recovery begins. The migration of unemployed people out of the state reduces both purchases of imports and the demand for local housing, which lowers real estate prices, making the state more attractive for incoming businesses. A sharp decline in the textile and shoe industries in Massachusetts during the 1950s caused such an adjustment process, and the state economy did not fully recover for many years. Declining expenditures on national defense and weak markets for the state's computer industry produced a similar process in Massachusetts during the...

Questions and Problems

Is a financial crisis more likely to occur when the economy is experiencing deflation or inflation Explain. *14. How can a stock market crash provoke a financial crisis 15. How can a sharp rise in interest rates provoke a financial crisis 2. This chapter discusses how an understanding of adverse selection and moral hazard can help us better understand financial crises. The greatest financial crisis faced by the U.S. has been the Great Depression from 1929-1933. Go to www.amatecon.com greatdepression .html. This site contains a brief discussion of the factors that led to the Depression. Write a one-page summary explaining how adverse selection and moral hazard contributed to the Depression.

After the zombies economics inequality and equity

The longer-run implications of the Global Financial Crisis have yet to be fully comprehended. Even when economic activity recovers, consumer These tendencies are most developed in the United States, but they are evident in all the English-speaking countries. At least until the Global Financial Crisis, the same tendencies seemed to be emerging even in the more egalitarian societies of Europe and Japan. It remains to be seen whether the failures of the financial sector and the business elite that produced the Global Financial Crisis will translate into sustained political support for a more equitable distribution of income. Rather than consider questions of political strategy, however, I will focus on the way in which the failure of the trickle-down hypothesis

Objectives Targets And Techniques Of Regulation

Because bank failures can have systemic consequences, there is traditionally a strong emphasis on protective bank regulation in the form of lender-of-last-resort facilities and deposit protection (which in turn gives rise to moral hazard). In this context the extent of deposit protection may be well in excess of the protection offered by deposit insurance schemes, reflecting policy makers' preference for safeguarding banking institutions and not merely depositors. Also reflecting the regulatory goal of sustaining banks as going concerns, preventive regulation, aimed at curbing excessive risk taking, has tended to focus on capital adequacy requirements, with assets, for this purpose, valued on a going concern basis.

Economics Inequality and Equity

A crucial problem is to understand why and how inequality increased so much under market liberalism, and why it increased so much more in the English-speaking countries. The idea, which remained the default assumption during the era of market liberalism, that growing inequality was a natural market response to unspecified changes in the structure of the economy no longer appears tenable.24 The huge increases in remuneration in the financial sector and for senior managers more generally has not produced a more efficient and productive economy, with benefits for all. More generally, the Global Financial Crisis has undermined the view that incomes accruing to different groups in the community are an accurate reflection of their marginal contribution.25

The International Dimension

The globalization of financial markets calls for international regulatory coordination for two reasons (see, generally, Herring and Litan, 1994).First there are 'externalities' in that financial disorders can no longer be confined to the jurisdiction in which they originate - as amply demonstrated by the East Asian financial crisis. Second, regulatory neutrality between competing financial centres as well as between financial firms of differing nationality has become a major issue in the new global marketplace. Arguments about the institutional architecture of international regulatory coordination follow closely those relating to national regulatory structures. The dangers of having two separate international agencies covering banks and investment firms has, for instance, been illustrated by well-publicized tensions in the recent past between Basle and IOSCO (ibid., pp. 144-6). In the area of prudential regulation, economies of scope, prudential logic and concerns about regulatory...

So the basic plan was to repay the loan from the companys cash flow

The wake of widespread bank failures. Ironically, the banking crisis was precipitated by Congress's earlier deregulation of the industry (1982), which opened the door to reckless investments and pervasive fraud. Congress exacerbated the impact of this ill-advised legislation by blocking attempts by regulators to rein in the industry and repeatedly ignoring their dire warnings until the problem became so huge that it could no longer be avoided. There is ample evidence that political contributions from the industry heavily influenced Congress's disastrous policy. Estimates suggest that the bailout necessitated by this political fiasco cost U. S. taxpayers as much as one-half trillion dollars. Many of the banks had been very sloppy and hadn't kept good records. Much of the loan documentation was either faulty or missing. You were asked to place a bid on a loan portfolio, with a face value of say 100 million, without having any solid idea what was in the portfolio. At the beginning, these...

E2 Postwar Intellectual Roots

The self-defined radical political economy developed in distinct phases, driven by the institutional culture of the economics profession and the social and economic forces shaping capitalism. In the aftermath of World War II and the onset of Cold War anti-communism, there was precious little terrain upon which to establish a radical vision in the United States (Sweezy and Magdoff, 1988). With the exception of the journal Monthly Review, first published in 1942, and Steindl's Maturity and Stagnation in American Capitalism (1952), there was little in the way of contemporary radical economic analysis of capitalism. In contrast to neoclassical theory, radicals examined American corporations in terms of deliberative planning activities, imperfect competition, and monopoly power and, following Marx, constructed a discourse opposed to neoclassical economic theory along two dimensions. The first consisted of a critique of neoclassical concepts and methods and the second was a substantively...

E4 Power Difference and Deconstruction in Radical Political Economics

And the possibility for noncapitalist forms of community and economic life. By recasting Marx as a postmodern theorist of disjuncture, uncertainty, and instability, they question the inevitability of capitalist economic crisis inscribed in modern, rationalist, scientific Marxism (Amariglio and Ruccio, 1994).

Policy activism in the early twentieth century

The unprecedented worldwide economic progress in the nineteenth century was led by the United States, which began the century as an agrarian economy and ended it as the world's industrial leader. Nineteenth-century economic progress was not without its setbacks, however. Big economic issues toward the end of the nineteenth century included the growing concentration of economic power among a few individuals, monetary standards and bank credit, and banking panics and the increasingly severe economic downturns that periodically plagued the economy. By the early twentieth century, national economic policy had addressed these issues in

Global Slump Once Again Recovery Crisis and Slowdown

Japanese inflation rose in 1989, in part the result of a relatively loose monetary policy from 1986 to 1988. Two very visible symptoms of these pressures were skyrocketing prices for Japanese real estate and stocks. The Bank of Japan's strategy of puncturing these asset price bubbles through restrictive monetary policy and high interest rates succeeded well, and Tokyo's Nikkei stock price index lost more than half its value between 1990 and 1992. Unfortunately, the sharp fall in asset prices threw Japan's banking system into crisis and the economy into recession by early 1992. Even by 2001 the banking crisis was still unresolved. These measures helped to avert a global economic meltdown. By the end of 1999 the worst of the financial crisis seemed to be past. In the spring of 2001, however, the U.S. economy went into a mild recession as a ten-year spell of uninterrupted growth came to an end. For much of the previous decade America had been the world's main engine of economic growth....

Is Capital An Adaptive Classifying System

A historical inventory of the capital structure of the US economy would illustrate the slow but steady changes that have occurred. Those changes result from the impact of external stimuli, in the form of market signals such as prices, profits, and losses, that feed back to enterpreneurs who then make decisions about what sorts of items will comprise their own capital stock, and, through emergent processes, that of the economy as a whole. Again, the analogy to the map here is set of things we call capital as understood as a set of physical, biological, or mental capacities with objective limits. Changes in the physical stock of capital represent changes in the map.

Deposit Insurance Origins And Background

In principle an explicit deposit insurance scheme (DIS) is a fund to which deposit-taking financial intermediaries (usually banks) make premium contributions. The basic theoretical idea is that banks make these payments into the fund to perform two roles. First, in the event of a bank insolvency, to compensate depositors fully up to a pre-set limit and second, to provide uninformed and unsophisticated depositors with a financial safety net. This instils greater confidence among depositors, which reduces information asymmetry and increases the likelihood of financial stability. If carefully designed, the panoply of regulations and supervisory expectations that are part of explicit deposit insurance can reduce information asymmetry for depositors, engender greater confidence in the banking system and reduce financial instability.1 To be effective, an explicit DIS needs to establish the level of protection which should be accorded to depositors. To do this, an explicit DIS needs to be...

Deposit Insurance And Risktaking Behaviour

Before proceeding into more detailed discussion, it would be useful to make three points regarding the literature. The first point is that perhaps as a result of the US savings and loans crises, the literature on deposit insurance is primarily focused on the US and most authors who have contributed are US based. Second, analysing deposit insurance and the specific relationship this has with moral hazard and bank failures has a large and well-developed literature of its own. Third, the literature is large both in breadth (adjacent areas of enquiry) and in depth (detailed analysis of very specific issues) therefore a comprehensive review is beyond the ambitions of this chapter. Instead what is presented herein is a summary of the major aspects of the literature and key contributions. Yet Stroup (1997), among others, explains that bank debt as a source of debt finance is declining as firms tap the capital (bond) market for debt finance. The corollary is that a substantial transfer of...

International Energy Efficiency Financing

There are many barriers that have to be overcome to successfully implement energy efficiency projects (EEPs) in international markets. First, the macro-type barriers such as the economic, political, legal and financial stability of a country must be overcome before any reasonable level of energy efficiency can be pursued. Once these barriers are removed, there are commercial issues such as market size, sales strategy, currency risks, available resources (especially personnel) and many other operating issues, different in each country, that must be carefully analyzed and overcome through a well-conceived plan. However, even after all of these are resolved, there is still one major barrier that has to be overcome. It is the same one that has historically plagued and continues to plague the wide spread implementation of energy efficiency in every developing country it is project financing.

Seasonal adjustment C1

Secondary banking crisis (G2) A crisis in 1973-4 amongst UK merchant banks which had lent to property companies fuelling speculation in the early 1970s and then suffered from many bad debts when the property market collapsed. some of these banks survived by being rescued in a 'lifeboat operation' mounted jointly by the bank of england and leading clearing BANKS.

Practical Deposit Insurance Design Solutions

However, the reality is that bank failures are not independently distributed, and in many countries bank deposits are highly concentrated in a small number of very large banks. If membership is not made compulsory for all retail banks, it may be limited to the weak, poorly managed and fragile institutions which therefore have the incentive to be members. So banks which the bank regulator assesses as being fragile will have to meet specified monitoring and supervisory targets prior to membership. Using its regular on-site and off-site supervision process, the bank regulator

What Mises Did for Me

My stay in Paris had strengthened my attachment to the socialist dream. Day-in,day-out I had reported in my press summaries the hymns of hate coming from the journals of the Right and the calls for reconciliation with their late enemies coming from those of the Left. The short sharp economic collapse at the end of the war appeared to confirm the socialist thesis that capitalism was inherently unstable, that a high and continuous level of employment required planning which, wisely conceived, would reduce social and economic inequalities and promote harmony within, as well as between nations. Admittedly, there would be some blunting of incentives, but the socialist performance over reasonable spans of time would be better than that of its rival.

Deposit Insurance Coverage Limits

In the event of bank failure, given the size and nature of their transactions, corporate depositors tend to seek to move their funds to solvent banks - small depositors will usually run to cash. The last of the four limit criteria is one which covers the sum of all accounts held by any individual depositor at a failed bank. Under this scheme, the DIS would be most exposed in the event of a systemic crisis or if several banks failed at the same time. Garcia (1999) finds that it is becoming widely accepted that this DIS design, in which the limit is capped on the sum of all accounts held by an individual depositor, is best for most countries. This is because it reduces the likelihood of the DIS incurring high costs as a result of depositor fraud, moral hazard and adverse selection. Depositors would still have the right, and may choose, to have deposits in more than one bank, however, the incentive to free-riding by An appropriate coverage limit level should be set with the objective of...

Policy in Search of a Rationale

The long-run case for privatization is based on the idea that the allocation of investment will be better undertaken by private firms than by government business enterprises. Private investments will be guided by the evaluation of risk and returns undertaken by investment banks and stock markets, with the assistance of ratings agencies, and the availability of sophisticated markets for complex derivatives. This, it is claimed, will be far superior to anything that could be obtained by seemingly more rational approaches, using engineering calculations of the need for investment in various kinds of infrastructure, and implementing the resulting investment plans on a coordinated basis. The Global Financial Crisis has shown that, for most of the past decade, market estimates of the relative riskiness and return of alternative investments have been entirely unrelated to reality.

Conclusions And Policy Implications

There are still unresolved issues in deposit insurance design. From the standpoint of deterrence, the important and as yet unresolved consideration is whether government intervention or incentives to greater market discipline are the better regulators of moral hazard in explicit DIS design. There are also perhaps more subtle issues, which despite their indirectness are of great importance. For example, we are still unclear as to what the best level of public involvement in deposit insurance should be and the extent to which private monitoring can mitigate supervisory failure. Furthermore, we are still unclear as to how the value of bank charters and the structure of the banking industry within a particular regime can distort incentives and create adverse selection. We are also unclear as to whether these factors are additive, multiplicative and, as Kane (1999) suggests, we are unsure as to exactly how (or if) they interact with variables which capture the level of corruption,...

The new economy in a Misesian framework

When applying this framework to the American boom of the 1990s several factors, which otherwise receive little attention, are put into the center of the analysis. First among these ranks the phenomenon that the take-off took place within an environment characterized by ample financial liquidity brought about by loose monetary conditions in combination with the provision of a monetary safety net encompassing domestic institutions and the international financial arena, while all of this was accompanied by widening financial imbalances, particularly in terms of falling private savings. With ample financial funding available and the lowering of the risk perception, highly concentrated investment activity resulted, predominantly in information technology. The apparent strength of the US economy in these areas must be contrasted with the fact of increasing debt levels, particularly in the corporate and foreign sector of the US economy.

Death puzzles and failures

The turning of the tide against privatization predated the Global Financial Crisis. Internationally, a number of major privatizations have been reversed. The British government was forced to renationalize its rail network after the failure of the privately owned operator. In Australia, dissatisfaction with the privatized telecommunications monopoly has led the government to announce that it will get back into the telecommunications business by constructing a publicly owned national broadband network. New Zealand, where market liberalism was implemented in a

Case study 151 continued

Table 1 casts a final glance at changes in the European and US labour markets between 1965 and 1996. East of the Atlantic we observe large real wage growth and small changes in net employment west of the Atlantic real wages even fell, but net employment rose by as much as 20 . So the trade-off is much less favourable than we had concluded from Figure 1. According to the net wage sum (the change in the wage sum net of changes in the active population) all European countries clearly outperformed the US economy. In Europe net wage sums increased by between 162 in Germany and 92 in Britain, while the US net wage sum only rose by 27 .

The Case For Regulation

The USA has the best examples of bank failures caused by bank panics. The most infamous period was the era of'free banking', which began in 1837. During this period many banks lasted only a short period and failed to pay out their depositors in full. In the period 1838 1863, the number of unregulated banks chartered in New York, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota was 709. Of these, 339 closed within a few years and 104 failed to meet all liabilities. The National Banking Act 1863 was an attempt to create a stable banking environment and a uniform currency. If a banking crisis is defined as widespread bank runs and bank failures accompanied by a decline in deposits, there were four such occurrences 1878, 1893, 1908 and the Great Depression in the 1930s. The Federal Reserve system was established in 1913. In the decade of the 1920s, 6000 of 30000 banks failed, but in the period 1930 1933, 9000 banks failed. The experience of the 1930s led to the setting up of the Federal Deposit Insurance...

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Financial End Game

Financial End Game

How to profit from the global crisis and make big bucks big time! The current global financial crisis has its roots embedded in the collapse of the subprime markets in the United States. As at October 2007 there was an estimated loss on the subprime market of approximately 250 billion. If you want to come out on top, you have come to the right place.

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