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The Roaring Nineties: A New History of the World's Most Prosperous Decade

 
 
Author
Joseph E. Stiglitz.
Publisher Norton  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.45 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9780393326185
Pages/Publication Date 378/2003
Daedalus Item Code 61198
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How did one of the greatest economic expansions in history sow the seeds of its own collapse? This groundbreaking work by Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that much of what we understood about the 1990s prosperity is wrong, and that the theories used to guide world leaders and anchor key business decisions were fundamentally outdated. As a former economic advisor to President Clinton and World Bank chief economist, Stiglitz offers both an insider's illuminating view of policymaking and a compelling case that even the Clinton administration was too closely tied to the financial community and its near-fanatical free-market doctrine.

"Stiglitz had a front-row seat for the financial boom of the 1990s. He discusses how, contrary to all theory, reducing the national deficit led to the economic upswing, but his interest lies not in how the bubble happened but in those qualities that eventually led to its collapse. One of his chief arguments is that although efficient markets depend upon the free flow of information, deregulation enabled corporations like Enron to present distorted financial data, 'stealing money from their unwary shareholders' in the process. Financial analysts also withheld frank assessments from investors to maintain their insider status, and the 'conflicts of interest gone out of control' inevitably led to disaster. The book suggests Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan could have slowed things down, but failed to back up tentative public remarks with firm action. The Clinton administration also comes in for some of the blame for pressuring foreign countries to adopt policies it wouldn't apply to its own economy. But the largest portion of the blame is doled out to George W. Bush for mishandling the initial stages of the recession, allowing it to spiral dangerously in the name of free markets. Instead, Stiglitz calls for just enough regulation to promote what he dubs 'Democratic Idealism,' a fairly standard liberal platform of social justice and economic reform. Whatever one thinks of his long-term goals, the straightforward and well-reasoned summation of the last decade's market trends has a convincing ring of truth."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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