Queen Elizabeth II and the Economists

  • Dimitris N. Chorafas


On November 5, 2008, not quite two months after the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and the Western economy’s descent to the abyss, Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated a new building at the London School of Economics. Referring to the financial crisis, she asked the professors: “Why did nobody notice it?” The faculty was caught off guard. Among prominent apologies, the Queen received a letter signed by renowned British economists stating:

In summary, extent and severity of the crisis and to head it off, while it had many causes, was principally a failure of the collective imagination of many bright people, both in this country and internationally, to understand the risks to the system as a whole.1


Monetary Policy Central Bank Hedge Fund London School Sovereign Debt 
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