Πηγές πληροφόρησης για την παγκόσμια οικονομική κρίση

Ιωάννης Μιχαλέτος

 

Η τωρινή παγκόσμια οικονομική κρίση είναι κατά τα φαινόμενα η δριμύτερη από την περίοδο 1929-’33.

 
Οι παρακάτω έγκυρες πηγές δίνουν μια σφαιρική εικόνα για τον ερευνητή, σπουδαστή και κάθε ενδιαφερόμενο πολίτη. Εμπεριέχονται ακαδημαϊκές αναλύσεις, επιχειρηματικές αναφορές και στατιστικά-ιστορικά στοιχεία.
Είναι βέβαιο ότι η «Γνώση είναι δύναμη», σε χαλεπούς καιρούς.

 
Η κατάρτιση του καταλόγου των πηγών έγινε από μελετητή που εδρεύει στη Φλωρεντία της Ιταλίας.

 
Systemic Banking Crises – a new database by Dr. Luc Laeven and Dr. Fabian Valencia – provides information on the timing of systemic banking crises and policy responses of governments. “The database covers the universe of systemic banking crises for the period 1970-2007, with detailed data on crisis containment and resolution policies for 42 crisis episodes, and also includes data on the timing of currency crises and sovereign debt crises.” Access is at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2008/wp08224.pdf

 

Prof. Greg Mankiw of Harvard  posted an article ‘How to Recapitalize the Financial System’ at: http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/

Prof. Franklin Allen (Wharton) new paper (21st of  Sept.) – Market Illiquidity and Financial Instability – is now available at: http://finance.wharton.upenn.edu/~allenf/download/Vita/Allen%20essay.pdf

See also the Knowledge@Wharton site at: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm.

 

The new IMF World Economic Outlook was released this week [PDF] at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/02/pdf/text.pdf.  The accompanying press release is at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/02/pdf/exesum.pdf   The new report concludes that “The world economy is now entering a major downturn in the face of the most dangerous shock in mature financial markets since the 1930s.”

 

Chatham House (London) published a special (PDF) supplement on the financial crisis on the 3rd of October at: http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/publications/twt/archive/view/-/id/1807/

 

Two Chicago professors – Gary Becker (Economics) and Richard Posner (Law) maintain a joint blog, with commentary on the Crisis, at: http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2008/09/the_financial_c_1.html

 

A bibliography of previous financial crises is available at: http://aaupnet.org/news/bfu/finance/list.html.  The Library provides access to the EconLit database of Economic Literature (since 1969; updated weekly).  Enter via this Catalogue entry: http://biblio.iue.it/record=b1244831

 

The Data Portal of the EUI Library provides access to major subscription economic databases – and description pages for first-time users – at:
http://www.eui.eu/LIB/Guides/Economics/Statistics/IndexFile.shtml

 

The Library provides full-text access to The Economist online (via the Catalogue) from 1998 to present.  Paper copies of The Economist are available at the Library desk, the VSP, Convento and La Fonte.  Copies of The Financial Times are available at the Library, the VSP, Convento, La Fonte and Malafrasca.  A full archive is available on Lexis-Nexis.  A copy of Il Sole 24 Ore is available at the Library desk.

 

Datastream is the EUI’s premier database for real-time financial information and financial time-series.  First-time users of Datastream should consult this Library instruction page: http://www.eui.eu/LIB/Guides/Economics/Statistics/Descriptions/datastream.shtml. A link takes users to the PDF guide and the (advanced) Excel for Datastream manual.  Four paper copies of the Datastream guide are available in the EUI Library at: 005.369.  Users will find further details of series updates in the Datastream Extranet support site, which requires Login: xeuu901eb and Password econ.  The Extranet is at: http://extranet.datastream.com//LOGON.ASPX?URL=http://extranet.datastream.com/index.htm

 

A list of Banking journals subscribed to by the Library is on this directory page: http://py5uy3as4q.search.serialssolutions.com/?V=1.0&L=PY5UY3AS4Q&N=100&S=SC&C=BU0220

 

 

The ECB Statistical Data Warehouse provides updated data on all major Eurozone indicators at: http://sdw.ecb.europa.eu/

 

Web Directory of Economics & Finance: The Library provides a directory of free internet sites related to economic statistics at: http://www.eui.eu/LIB/Guides/Economics/Statistics/online_archive.shtml

 

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs web site is at: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/economy_finance/index_en.htm.  ECFin forecasts are on this page: http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/eu_economic_situation/eu_economic_situation5857_en.htm

 

Central Banks: The Bank of International Settlements maintains a Research Hub of central bank position and discussion papers at: http://www.bis.org/cbhub/index.htm

 

Financial Economics Books at the EUI Library are in the 332 range on the entry level floor.  To browse via the Catalogue, click on ‘Dewy’ on the right side of the Catalogue: http://www.eui.eu/LIB/Catalogue/ and enter ‘332.’

 

Erasmus University maintains a page on ‘Famous First Bubbles’ at http://people.few.eur.nl/smant/m-economics/bubbles.htm

 

Credit Slips at http://www.creditslips.org/  is a site dedicated to credit and bankruptsy

 

Calculated Risk is a New York-based web blog dedicated to financial markets at: http://calculatedrisk.blogspot.com/

 

The European State Finance Database is compiled by Prof. R.J. Bonney from the University of Leicester (UK) at: http://www.le.ac.uk/hi/bon/ESFDB/dir.html  This site has many financial series for Europe.

 

The (US) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation provides a wide range of topical bank data and statistics at: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/statistical/

 

Social Studies of Finance Network JISC (UK) maintains a list “established to promote scientific exchange and to encourage resource sharing in the interdisciplinary field of social studies of finance: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=SSFN

 

Libor: Donald MacKenzie (Edinburgh University) writes on the London InterBank Offered Rate in the current London Review of Books.  The full text is at: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n18/mack01_.html

 

The LSE Financial Markets Group has a dedicated news section for events and reports at: http://fmg.lse.ac.uk/news/.  See the related Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/paulWoolleyCentre/

 

FTSE International at http://www.ftse.com/  is an independent entity managed by the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange, providing research publications and short analysis (an e-mail newsletter is available).

 

GloriaMundi is a site dedicated to information on value at risk at: http://www.gloriamundi.org/

 

‘Maintaining Stability in a Changing Financial System’ was the theme of this year’s central banking and Federal Reserve symposium at Jackson Hole (WY).  The papers are now available [PDF] at:  http://www.kc.frb.org/home/subwebnav.cfm?level=3&theID=10697&SubWeb=10660

 

 

Fellows at the Milken Institute provide analysis of the Crisis at: www.milkeninstitute.org

 

 

Ministries of Finance:  Links to worldwide ministries at: http://www.centralbanking.co.uk/links/mof.htm

 

The most important Reference Work in Academic Economics is now available electronically and on paper from the EUI Library: The 8-volume, 2008,  2nd edition of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics was added to the collection at the end of July.  The 2008 edition is the first update of this legendary reference work in over 20 years.  To access the online version, enter New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online in the Title field of the Catalogue.  An introductory flash demo of this resource is available at: http://www.dictionaryofeconomics.com/resources/about_tour (> ‘start tour’ > ‘next’).  There are many entries on finance and financial crises.

 

Analysis of the current Financial Crisis is provided on The New York Times’ DealBook, edited by Andrew Ross Sorkin at: http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/.  Elsewhere in the Times, Peter Goodman reassesses Alan Greenspan’s legacy in light of the current crisis: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/09/business/economy/09greenspan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

 

A Risk Management Glossary is maintained by TMAC, Canada at: http://www.tmac.ca/seminars/financial-risk-glossary.html

 

For a Russian perspective on market developments, go to http://www.expert.ru/

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