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The Stock Market Crash of 2008 Caused the Great Recession: Theory and Evidence

Roger E.A. Farmer

NBER Working Paper No. 17479
Issued in October 2011, Revised in February 2012

---- Acknowledgments ----

This paper was prepared as a Plenary Address to the 17th International Conference in Economics and Finance, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, June 29th-July 1st 2011. I would like to thank the Society for Computational Economics and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for supporting this event and the organizers, Richard Dennis and Kevin Lansing, for inviting me to present my work. I would also like to thank Dmitry Plotnikov of UCLA for his invaluable research assistance and to acknowledge the input of seminar participants at Academia Sinica, the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Dallas, Georgetown University, Taiwan National University, UCLA and the University of California San Diego. I would also like to thank Cars Hommes and an associate editor of this journal for their comments on the paper. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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