The Financial Crisis

Origins and Implications

  • Philip Arestis
  • Rogério Sobreira
  • José Luis Oreiro

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About this book


The 2008 financial crisis poses three fundamental questions for economists and policy makers; understanding the origins of the crisis, understanding the consequences of this crisis for the world economy, and finally understanding why the 2008 financial crisis is not as serious as the 1929 crisis. The prevailing view is that the 2008 financial crisis was solely the result of inadequate financial regulation together with a very loose monetary policy conducted by central banks, especially the Fed. It is believed that this crisis is a temporary detour in the normal course of the events, so that in the near future capitalist economies will resume the high growth path observed before the crisis. In terms of the third question, there is a widespread view that the fundamental reason that explains the avoidance of the harmful experiences of 1929 was the fiscal and monetary policy expansions in developed countries. No important role is assigned to developing countries in terms of the effects of the financial crisis. This book challenges the prevailing orthodoxy surrounding the origins and the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis. The book demonstrates that measures in addition to a profound change in the financial regulation are required if a new financial crisis is to be avoided in the future, measures include: a change in the conduct of economic policy; a reform of the national and international monetary systems; and a radical change in the pattern of income distribution. This book is essential reading for all interested in macroeconomics, monetary policy, development economics and the global impact of the financial crisis.


distribution economy finance financial crisis growth income distribution institutions investment regulation science and technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip Arestis
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Rogério Sobreira
    • 8
  • José Luis Oreiro
    • 9
    • 10
    • 11
    • 12
  1. 1.Cambridge Centre for Economics and Public Policy, Department of Land EconomyUniversity of CambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of Applied Economics VUniversidad del País VascoSpain
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of UtahUSA
  4. 4.Levy Economics InstituteNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Leeds Business SchoolUniversity of LeedsUK
  6. 6.Department of Finance and Management Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)University of LondonUK
  7. 7.UK Government Economic Service (GES) on Professional Developments in EconomicsUK
  8. 8.Brazilian School of Public and Business AdministrationGetulio Vargas Foundation and CNPq ResearcherBrazil
  9. 9.University of Brasilia (UnB)Brazil
  10. 10.National Scientific Council (CNPq)Brazil
  11. 11.Brazilian Keynesian Association (AKB)Brazil
  12. 12.Brazilian Journal of Political Economy (REP)Brazil

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