15. Financial History in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis

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Research Foundation Publications
December 2016 | Vol. 2016 | No. 3 | 14 pages
Source: CFA Institute
Barry Eichengreen



Easier access to data and recent concerns highlighted by the 2008–2009 global financial crisis are changing the direction of research in financial history. The lower cost of assembling and digitizing historical datasets on individual securities and firm, bank, and household balance sheets enables researchers to pursue microeconomic analyses that were previously infeasible. The financial crisis has brought concerns about financial innovation, risk taking, bank operations, and government regulation to the fore—concerns that can best be understood by delving further back into financial history. But researchers must be mindful to not become data driven in their analyses and to focus as much on the differences as the similarities with past financial crises.

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