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The Global Financial Crisis And The Shift To Shadow Banking

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While most economists agree that the world is facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, there is little agreement as to what caused it. Some have argued that the financial instability the authors are witnessing is due to irrational exuberance of market participants, fraud, greed, too much regulation, et cetera. However, some Post Keynesian economists following Hyman P. Minsky have argued that this is a systemic problem, a result of internal market processes that allowed fragility to build over time. In this paper, they focus on the shift to the "Shadow banking system" and the creation of what Minsky called the money manager phase of capitalism.

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