Department of Economics CB 3305
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2016||Israel and the 1990-2015 Global Developments: Riding with the Global Flows and Weathering the Storms|
with Assaf Razin: w22567
The global economy has been buffeted by several unprecedented economic events during the past 35 years. We survey the impact of these events on Israel’s development, institutions, and economic policies. Israel had a remarkable development during this time, from a low income high-inflation developing economy in the 1970s, to a medium to high income stable- inflation advanced economy in the 2000s, while increasingly integrated into the world economy. The extraordinary events surveyed include: (1) The collapse of the Soviet Union and the massive immigration to Israel which followed; (2) The Great Moderation in inflation and employment fluctuations in the advanced economies; (3) The 2008 global financial crisis, epi-centered in the US, and the contagion of the financial crisis to Europe; and (...
|September 2012||A Tale of Politically-Failing Single-Currency Area|
with Assaf Razin: w18352
The global financial crisis which erupted in the United States instantaneously swept across Europe. Like the United States, the European Monetary Union (EMU) was ripe for a crash. It had its own real estate bubble, specifically in Ireland and Spain, indulged in excessive deficit spending, financially deregulated, and rapidly expanded credit Policy responses and recovery patterns for key EU members like Germany and France, within the Eurozone, were similar. However, after the bubble burst and the crisis began unfolding it became clear that the Eurozone plight differed from America's in one fundamental respect. There was no exact counterpart of Eurozone GIIPS (Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain) in the United States. Some American states had over-borrowed, but the sovereign debt c...
|February 2011||Currency and Financial Crises of the 1990s and 2000s|
with Assaf Razin: w16754
We survey three distinct types of financial crises which took place in the 1990s and the 2000s: 1) the credit implosion leading to severe banking crisis in Japan; 2) The foreign reserves' meltdown triggered by foreign hot money flight from frothy economies with fixed exchange rate regimes of developing Asian economies, and 3) The 2008 worldwide debacle rooted in financial institutional opacity and reckless aggregate demand management, epi-centered in the US, that spread almost instantaneously across the globe, mostly through international financial networks.
Published: Assaf Razin & Steven Rosefielde, 2011. "Currency and Financial Crises of the 1990s and 2000s," CESifo Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 57(3), pages 499-530, September. citation courtesy of