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Financial Innovation, the Discovery of Risk, and the U.S. Credit Crisis

Emine Boz, Enrique G. Mendoza

NBER Working Paper No. 16020
Issued in May 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are grateful to Andrew Abel, Satyajit Chatterjee,Tim Cogley, Enrica Detragiache, Bora Durdu,George Evans, Martin Evans, Matteo Iacoviello, Urban Jermann, Robert Kollmann, Anton Korinek, Kevin Lansing, Mico Loretan, Agnieszka Markiewicz, Jim Nason, Paolo Pesenti, Vincenzo Quadrini, David Romer, Tom Sargent, and Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh for helpful comments. We are also grateful for comments by participants at the 2011 Philadelphia Macro Workshop, 2011 Midwest Macro Meetings, London Trio Seminar, the conference on "Expectations, Asset Bubbles and Financial Crises" at Erasmus University, NBER-CRIW Saving and Wealth Conference, 2011 AEA Meetings, 2009 and 2010 SED Meetings, the 2009 NBER-IFM Summer Institute, Spring 2010 Bundesbank Conference, the 12th Workshop of the Euro Area Business Cycle Network, and at seminars at Brown, UVA, Bank of Korea, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Federal Reserve Board, World Bank, Wharton, San Francisco Fed, SUNY Albany, the IMF Research Department, and the IMF Institute. Part of this paper was written while Mendoza was a visiting scholar at the IMF Institute and Research Department, and he thanks both for their support. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the International Monetary Fund or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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