Growing Up to Financial Stability
This lecture revisits the evidence on the incidence and severity of different varieties of financial crises within the context of globalization then ( pre-1914) and now ( 1980 to the present). I then discuss the determinants of emerging market crises from the perspective of the recent balance sheet approach. This approach puts at center stage the importance of financial development. I then peel the onion back further and consider the "deep" institutional determinants of financial development and their relationship to financial stability. I conclude by conjecturing about the ways countries learn from their financial crises to improve their institutions and grow up to financial stability.
Lecture prepared for the Inauguration of the Center for Quantitative Economic History, Faculty of Economics, Cambridge University, January 31, 2006 The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Bordo, Michael D., 2008. "Growing up to Financial Stability," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, vol. 2(12), pages 1-17. citation courtesy of