Daily Archives: November 30, 2009

By Moritz Schularick and Alan M. Taylor

Are credit bubbles dangerous? Long-run historical data reveal that important changes have taken place in the financial system over the past decades, setting in train an unprecedented expansion in the role of credit in the macroeconomy. It is mishap of history that just at the time when credit mattered more than ever before, the reigning doctrine had sentenced it to playing no constructive role in central bank policies. Over the past 140 years, episodes of financial instability were often the result of “credit booms gone wrong”. Read more

From the FT:
We must get ready for a weak-dollar world – Jeffrey Garten

The cost of China’s excess capacity – Editorial comment

From elsewhere:
Coordinated capital controls: A further elaboration – Arvind Subramanian
Why Are Good Macro Policies Political Losers? – Brad DeLong