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Theories of Financial Crises

Daniel Detzer and Hansjorg Herr
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Hansjorg Herr: Berlin School of Economics and Law, and Institute for International Political Economy Berlin (IPE)

Working papers from Financialisation, Economy, Society & Sustainable Development (FESSUD) Project

Abstract: This paper analyses financial crises from a theoretical point of view. For this it reviews what different schools of economic thought have to say about financial crises. It examines first the approaches that regard financial crises as a disturbing factor of a generally stable real economy (Wicksell, Hayek, Schumpeter, Fisher, and the early Keynes). Thereafter, approaches, where the dichotomy between the monetary and the real sphere is lifted are reviewed. Here in particular the later works of Keynes and the contributions of Minsky are of importance. Lastly, it is looked at the behavioural finance approaches. After having reviewed the different approaches it is examined, where those approaches have similarities and where they fruitfully can be combined. Based on this, we develop an own theoretical framework methodologically based on a Wicksellian cumulative process, however, overcoming the neoclassical dichotomy. The paper ends with some policy recommendations based on the developed theoretical framework.

Keywords: Financial crisis; crisis theory; behavioral finance; Hayek; Keynes; Minsky; Schumpeter; Wicksell (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E03 E12 E13 G01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 75 pages
Date: 2014-02-15
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-his, nep-hme, nep-hpe, nep-mac, nep-mon and nep-pke
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