The Financial Crisis and Federal Reserve Policy

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-07
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Written for the motivated non-specialist, this fully revised and updated edition of The Financial Crisis and Federal Reserve Policy provides the most accurate and thorough coverage available of the causes and consequences of the 2008 Financial Crisis, examining the role the Federal Reserve played in preventing a major economic meltdown on par with the Great Depression.

This bestselling work has been retooled from the ground up to include three new chapters on post-Crisis recovery efforts, European sovereign debt, and recently-enacted financial regulations, in addition to updated tables and figures containing the most recent data emerging out of the crisis. After the burst of the credit and housing bubbles in 2008, the Great Recession that followed deprived more than 8 million Americans of their jobs and triggered a per capita loss of income of more than $6,000. Thomas provides readers with a clear and comprehensive explanation of the myriad forces that combined to create the bubbles that were the source of the economic contraction. He retraces the chain reaction that took place as these bubbles deflated, and opens a window into the channels through which the crisis spilled over to produce a recession.

Author Biography

Lloyd B. Thomas is Professor of Economics and Department Head at Kansas State University, USA. He has published in numerous economics journals and has written several textbooks, including Money, Banking, and Economic Activity (Prentice-Hall: 1979, 1982, 1986) and Principles of Economics (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich: 1990, 1993, co-authored with James Ragan). His most recent textbook, entitled Money, Banking, and Financial Markets, was published by McGraw-Hill in 1997. Thomas has served as a visiting professor at the University of California-Berkeley, University of Delaware, and Indiana University-Bloomington. His work has appeared in Economic Letters, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Business Economics, and Quarterley Review of Economics and Finance.

Table of Contents

1. Post-Crisis Recovery Efforts
2. European Sovereign Debt Crisis
3. The Panic of 1907 and the Savings and Loan Crisis
4. Development of the Housing and Credit Bubbles
5. Bursting of the Twin Bubbles
6. The Great Crisis and Great Recession of 2007-2009
7. The Framework of Federal Reserve Monetary Control
8. Federal Reserve Policy in the Great Depression
9. The Federal Reserve's Response to the Great Crisis
10. The Federal Reserve's Exit Strategy and the Threat of Inflation
11. Regulatory Reform Proposals

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