Out of the crisis of our times, Joseph Stiglitz’s Freefall: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy is a convincing, coherent and. Out of the crisis of our times, Joseph Stiglitz’s Freefall: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy is a convincing, coherent and humane account that. In this forthright and incisive book, Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz explains how America exported bad economics, bad policies, and bad behavior to the rest .

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Jul 20, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing. But conditions have improved since the panic of late and early ; by pursuing policies that were diametrically opposite to those foisted on struggling Asian countries by the IMF and the US Treasury in the late 90s, growth has returned far more quickly than expected.

All over the course of history, Revolutions occurred because of imbalances in the wealth distribution within societies. But I absolutely looovvved reading this book.

He concluded his essay in the New Republic by warning jseph IMF and the US Treasury that unless they began a dialogue with their critics “things will continue to go very, very wrong”. Noting that the author is a Nobel Prize winner in economics, I picked this book up. He lays into the banks, the madness of jjoseph lending and the economic absurdity of some of the risk management and derivatives they created, allegedly to mitigate the risks.

Indeed, Freefall is no exception. Why we have to change capitalism”. For example, transparency as information, closing tax loopholes and government intervention are sound ideas.

The author shows how predictably irrational man can be through examples such as Easter island, where a community annihilated themselves by destroying their habitat honoring their gods. Since the late s the free market ideas of Milton Friedman and the University of Chicago have been in ascendancy, gradually replacing the Keynesian ideas of FDR in the Great Depression. His suggestions for course corrections are clear enough for laymen like me to understand.


Rationality, perfect information; the efficient market hypothesis, rational expectations – these theories to name a few are to blame, but all constitute, and embody the inanity, of neoclassical theory.

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

Stiglitz must write like the freakin dickens, or he has a verbose editor, or something of that sort. Stiglitz explains the current financial crisis—and the coming global economic order. And I think the current adminstration is too buried in health care to regulate the financial firms. That puts me somewhere on the right—maybe far right, although I am no radical. Yet he is surely right that Obama and for that matter most British politicians has no clear moral vision of what capitalism should look like in future, and in particular what should happen to finance.

I was amazed by how much Stiglitz had to say in this book, perhaps a testament to his passion of the subject and his desire to see the U. Another deep recession or worse? It was hard enough to do so after its collapse. To do so requires a link between ideas and formal mechanisms such as committees, levels of governance or influential channels.

An other key element in this system was the credit rating agencies. There is more, though, to Freefall than sheer gloating — however justified. This is an excellent read, though for non-economists, re-reading here and there is a good idea.

The policy prescriptions, however, are vague and lack detail.

Showing similar views was part stilitz being socially and intellectually acceptable. I really hope this book or something, ANYTHI I was talking to a banker friend and he was complaining that people who don’t know what they’re talking about are blaming the bankers for the freerall mortgage crisis.

The Great Recession, as it has come to be called, has impacted more people worldwide than any crisis since the Great Depression. This analysis of the global financial crisis was written just after the bail packages were injected and before the emergence of the crisis in the Eurozone. And fixing the damages that us big bad Americans had caused. In my opinion, thoroughly debunks the market fundamentalism and efficient markets freefaall promoted by Milton Stiglifz and the Chicago School.


If this book were an animal, it would be an octopus, with numerous long, virtually identical parts. Feb 11, Laura rated it really liked it. In general the work is incredibly rich in examples backing the authors assertions, and the prose is clear and crisp. An excellent overview from a Nobel prize-winning economist of what caused the crisis and what reforms should be enacted…. Beyond the expected subjects, I particularly found his criticism’s and suggestion’s towards the domain of economics enthralling.

Joseph E. Stiglitz – Freefall America: Free Markets, And The Sinking Of The World Economy

Makes several good points: And so now the members of congress who voted for TARP are now under attack for wasting so freefalp money. Well, one thing is for sure, Stiglitz believes the system is broken and the U.

It is very welcome — and important. Having dished it out, Stiglitz can expect to syiglitz it from his opponents if, as looks entirely possible, is a year of recovery. Moreover, he mentions the danger of economic interconnectedness and globalizationstating that by “purchasing enormous amounts of U.

President, the next time I see a skinny twerp choke on his own tie in rage in public, I would be sure to back off, going, “Whoa, he’s pissed. In Freefall, Stiglitz traces the origins of the Great Recession, Apr 01, Edwile Mbameg added it Shelves: In the first chapter, Stiglitz mentions that on one hand: Preview — Freefall by Joseph E. Reading books of this sort, that is, frefeall economic crises and their causes, has a tendency to evoke a sense of frustrative disdain.

In the coming era of freefaall deregulation, with our focus on all sorts of other shenanigans, I wonder Stiglitz is my guy, I think.