William A. Barnett: Getting It Wrong



BOOK Getting It Wrong author William A. Barnett – ecogenlife.org

A leading economist contends that the recent financial crisis was caused not by the failure of mainstream economics but by corrupted monetary data constructed without reference to economicsBlame for the recent financial crisis and subseuent recession has commonly been assigned to everyone from Wall Street firms to individual homeowners It has been widely argued that the crisis and recession were caused by greed and the failure of mainstream economics In Getting It Wrong leading economist William Barnett argues instead that there was too little use of the relevant economics especia.

Lly from the literature on economic measurement Barnett contends that as financial instruments became complex the simple sum monetary aggregation formulas used by central banks including the US Federal Reserve became obsolete Instead a major increase in ublic availability of best Challenged to Win practice data was needed Households firms and governments lacking the reuisite information incorrectly assessed systemic risk and significantly increased their leverage and risk taking activities Better financial data Barnett argues could have signaled the misperceptions andrevented the erroneous syste.

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Mic risk assessmentsWhen extensive best Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons practice information is not available from the central bank increased regulation can constrain the adverse conseuences of ill informed decisions Instead there was deregulation The result Barnett argues was a worst case toxic mix increasing complexity of financial instruments inadeuate andoor uality data and declining regulationFollowing his accessible narrative of the deep causes of the crisis and the long history of rivate and ublic errors Barnett rovides technical appendixes containing the mathematical analysis supporting his argument.