Summary of Financial Crises

And What to Do About Them

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Financial Crises book summary
The international financial system knows that crises will happen; the question is, what policies prevent or cure them.


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Barry Eichengreen, one of the world’s foremost economists, presents an illuminating, footnote-rich, reflection on the nature of financial crises and the need for systemic reform. Heretofore, official responses to financial crises have often made the problem of systemic vulnerability even worse. International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailouts of developing countries in crisis increase moral hazard by taking the pain of the consequences away from lenders and investors. The IMF effectively allows such investors to reap upside gains from risky ventures while they place responsibility for losses on the IMF itself. Market discipline needs to be the first line of defense against policies and practices that lead countries into crisis. But many political, institutional and financial players resist needed reforms. congratulates Eichengreen for doing an excellent job of exploring what is necessary and distinguishing it from what is possible.

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  • What financial crises the globe faces
  • How Barry Eichengreen proposes to address these issues.


The Impact of Four Regional Economic Crises
Many developing countries have been hit by financial crises since the early 1980’s. Examining four major emerging market crises — Latin America (1982-83), Mexico (1994-95), Asia (1997-98) and Russia (1998) — offers a way to explore the impact...
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About the Author

Barry Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of several other books on economics, including Globalizing Capital, Capital Flows and Crises, Toward a New International Financial Architecture and Golden Fetters.

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