Understanding the Crisis

10  June 2009    1:00 pm CEST

Amit Bhaduri, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Indian Council of Social Development


wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna, lecture hall (entrance from the ground floor)


Amit Bhaduri presents his paper on 'Understanding the Crisis'. Following the seminar on 8 June (for a more general audience), this is an occasion to have an in-depth academic discussion with Prof. Bhaduri.

The nature of interaction between the real and the monetary sector has always been a matter of controversy among economists, especially Keynesians and Monetarists. In the light of the current financial crisis, our theoretical understanding needs to be reexamined. This will be attempted by first presenting a brief historical sketch of how the financial sector of the United States changed in the last two decades or so and a historical comparison in some respects with Britain's attempt and failure to resurrect the Gold Standard after the First World War (1926-1931). We then try to outline how the transformed financial sector interacts with the real economy to precipitate a crisis, and some directions for policy.