The First Global Financial Crisis of the 21st Century: Part 1 August 2007 -May 2008
This report is available to download free of charge on VoxEU.orgGlobal financial markets are showing strains on a scale and scope not witnessed in the past three-quarters of a century. What started with elevated losses on US subprime mortgages has spread beyond the borders of the United States and the confines of the mortgage market. Risk spreads have ballooned, liquidity in some market segments has dried up and large complex financial institutions have admitted significant losses. Bank runs are no longer the subject exclusively of history.
These events have challenged policy-makers, and the responses have varied across regions. The ECB has injected reserves in unprecedented volumes. The Bank of England participated in the bailout and, ultimately, the nationalization of a depository, Northern Rock. The US Federal Reserve has introduced a variety of new facilities, extended its support beyond the depository sector and has recently intervened in support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The events have also challenged economists to explain why the crisis developed, how it is unfolding, and what can be done. This volume compiles contributions by leading economists in VoxEU.org over the past year that attempt to answer these questions.