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How much does finance benefit society?

Giancarlo Bertocco () and Andrea Kalajzic ()

PSL Quarterly Review, 2018, vol. 71, issue 287, 419-437

Abstract: The financial crisis that erupted in 2007 has generated feelings of deep aversion towards finance among the public. Zingales (2015) urges the economics profession not to underestimate these feelings, noting that economists tend to overestimate the benefits of finance and to ignore that the 'best form of finance' is accompanied by a 'bad type of finance'. The problem with these statements is that the macroeconomic theory elaborated over the last decades is unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for the coexistence of these two forms of finance. The aim of this work is to present a sound explanation of the distinction between good and bad finance, based on: i) Keynes's distinction between enterprise and speculation; ii) Schumpeter analysis of the role of bank money in a capitalist economy.

Keywords: good finance; bad finance; enterprise; speculation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G01 G20 E12 E44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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