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Reading about the Financial Crisis: A Twenty-One-Book Review

Andrew Lo ()

Journal of Economic Literature, 2012, vol. 50, issue 1, 151-78

Abstract: The recent financial crisis has generated many distinct perspectives from various quarters. In this article, I review a diverse set of twenty-one books on the crisis, eleven written by academics, and ten written by journalists and one former Treasury Secretary. No single narrative emerges from this broad and often contradictory collection of interpretations, but the sheer variety of conclusions is informative, and underscores the desperate need for the economics profession to establish a single set of facts from which more accurate inferences and narratives can be constructed. (JEL E32, E44, E52, G01, G21, G28)

JEL-codes: E32 E44 E52 G01 G21 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.1.151
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