A Perspective On Minsky Moments: The Core Of The Financial Instability Hypothesis In Light Of The Subprime Crisis

Date Added: Oct 2009
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This paper aims to help bridge the gap between theory and fact regarding the so-called "Minsky moments" by revisiting the "Financial Instability Hypothesis" (FIH). The authors limit the analysis to the core of FIH - that is, to its strictly financial part. Their contribution builds on a reexamination of Minsky's contributions in light of the subprime financial crisis. They start from a constructive criticism of the well-known Minskyan taxonomy of financial units (hedge, speculative, and Ponzi) and suggest a different approach that allows a continuous measure of the unit's financial conditions.