No one can say they weren’t warned. A decade ago, newly sacked from his job as chief economist at the World Bank, Joseph Stiglitz laid bare. An incisive look at the global economic crisis, our flawed response, and the implications for the world’s future Great Recession. 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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Assumptions that leave their economic theories in tatters. Few are more qualified to comment during this turbulent time than Joseph E.

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

Stiglitz must write like the freakin dickens, or he has a verbose editor, or something of that sort. Views Read Edit View history. And I think the current adminstration is jjoseph buried in health care freefa,l regulate the financial firms.

The French economist Guy Sormanauthor of the libertarian book Economics Does Not Lieshowed himself sceptical about Freefallstating that its author “feels compelled to remind the reader that he is not a socialist: A perfect realignment of market forces at the end of the recession and readjustment in the United States would be that the world’s productive capacity would be used to more certainly meet the world’s consumption needs. If the investment bankers actually believe in free capitalism then they should have not go on welfare and figure out a way to actually use their so called skills in wise investments like in biotech and artisan jobs like the Germans are doing.

Makes clear the moral hazards involved in bailing out “too big to fail” financial institutions, which were only created due to the ill-advised repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in Also to blame are the policy makers in D. It’s a best seller and if you are like me you won’t want to put it down. And we all know how popular government bureaucracy is.


Unsurprisingly he finds their responses to be inadequate, and primarily focused at preserving financial institutions that have failed, and a policy environment that has failed, at the expense of the majority of the US population he calls the bank rescue program “The Great American Robbery”. Flawed government policy and unscrupulous personal and corporate behavior in the United States created the current financial meltdown, which was exported across the globe with devastating consequences.

I’m sure the author is correct, but I’m not convinced that his suggestions would have been administratively practical. As an Economics student, I found his teaching captivating, and his book read like I was sitting in a lecture.

He also says it would have been better to have more oversight on how the banks used money given to them by the government. They were being paid by the banks that originated the securities they were asked to rate”. 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.

This refreshing book cuts through partisanship and attacks the problems of our economy with clear direction. Showing similar views was part of being socially and intellectually acceptable.

Joseph E. Stiglitz – Freefall America: Free Markets, And The Sinking Of The World Economy

Excellent discussion of several complicated subjects. But there will be no bailouts for the little people.

Refresh and try again. So, not bad, not great. Stiglitz appears to favour some sort of bankruptcy proceeding for banks, as well as legislating for a return to the separation of commercial banks from investment banks, amongst other measures. Stiglitz grants a large share of the blame for the Great Recession to George W.


The book became less interesting as I stoglitz through it and there were a couple of chapters that I skimmed more than read. To view it, click here. It is written by a winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics not that that is anything worth boasting about — they even gave one of those to Milton Friedman and a chief economist with the World Bank.

Dear black, Asians, Jewish, gays, and hispanic people, I was wrong to What we got here is a nonfiction book by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. Since the late s the free mar I am still trying to understand the causes of the Great Recession.

His writing could not be clearer and his suggestions are well argued. He also ridicules correctly, in my opinion the notion that economic conclusions can be drawn while assigning no weight whatever to the environmental consequences of certain choices, such as the continued reliance upon fossil fuels. May 27, Clif rated it really liked it.

Freefall by Joseph Stiglitz | Book review | Books | The Guardian

The truth is simply the truth. When markets fail, government will come in to pick up the pieces. There is still little penalty for risk-taking, because the government will still deem it jospeh to bail out systemically important organizations.

This book reflects and focuses on the Great Recession as its been called and the solutions that came about from it. The answer to a financial crisis is not fiscal austerity and higher taxes that should have occurred before a country reached crisis-levelwhich is what the IMF and Germany are recommending for the European debt crisis, and has already wreaked havoc in Greece and Spain.