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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Nov 10, Juan Nikolas rated it really liked it. Stiglitz’s book successfully redresses the balance. 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.

But the questions are, How deep and fundamental will the changes be? View all 3 comments. We have lost the sense of urgency, and what has happened so far does not portend well for the future. It really is time to worry about the consequences of breeding generations of greedy bastards whose sole reason for being is to pillage and to gorge.

But in other areas, as this book goes to press, there is remarkably little progress—the too-big-to-fail banks will be allowed to continue much as before, the over-the-counter derivatives that cost taxpayers so much will continued almost abated, and finance executives will continue to receive outsized bonuses. Too-big-to-fail is still with us; the financial sector is still awash, drowning, in moral hazard. It was hard enough to do so after its collapse.

This page was last edited on 8 Mayat We now have the opportunity to create a new financial system that will do what human beings need a financial system to do: But of course it stihlitz a story whose ending we still jkseph know.


America as a nation faces huge challenges—in health care, energy, the environment, education, and manufacturing—and Stiglitz penetratingly addresses each in light of the newly emerging freeall economic order. A society’s well being cannot be solely and accurately assessed through the level of its GDP, the profits garnered by financial firms or the bonuses CEOs bag home, let alone the number of fortune companies we have. Sincehe has been a member of the Columbia faculty, and has held the rank of University Professor since According to Stiglitz, most of the blame for the financial meltdown is on the greed driven Wall Street bankers who sacrificed sound long-term slower growing financial health over making risky fast-paced gains destined to fail.

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In that respect, Freefall is dreefall wrong title for this book. I learned about this book from this review by Travis. The Great Recession, as it has come to be called, has impacted more people worldwide than any crisis since the Great Depression. Although it would be a bitter kind of laughter.

Freefall: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy by Joseph Stiglitz

Following is an extended quote from the close of Chapter Seven, in which Steiglitz examines this in great detail, and concludes that: Views Read Edit View history. He argues that the “free market” model was irresponsible, not because bankers are particularly greedy, but because they were protected by the government standing by to bail them out even as they claimed to be regulating themselves conscientiously.

Furthermore, the bankers and big investors would have complained so much that it would have become politically untenable. There is still little penalty for risk-taking, because the government will still deem it necessary to bail out systemically important organizations.


I really hope this book or something, ANYTHING else can help debunk the myth that free markets aren’t the answer; for a perfectly functioning free market to exist, so many assumptions must hold true, assumptions that simply do not exist in the real world. For any generalist who wants a quick overview on what went wrong and why, this is your book.

He is not impressed with the half measures that have been taken so far and feels that the financial industry is out to talk the crisis to death while strenuously resisting regulation until the demand josephh it wanes.

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

Why we have to change capitalism”. The prose is fairly dry at times, but overall quite accesible for those non-economists amongst us.

But there will be no bailouts for the little people. Stiglitz, a Nobel prize winner, says many valuable and important things here. Feb 13, Caren rated it really liked it Shelves: Beyond the macroeconomic argumentshowever, there are clear lessons for today. Thus Freefall also promotes to undo the repeal of the regulative Glass-Steagall Actwith Stiglitz depicting it as necessary in order to eradicate the contamination of the banking sector:. Retrieved from ” https: