The Source of the Panic of 2008: The Mortgage Credit Market Crisis in the United States

Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 10, No. 19, Second Semester 2008

36 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2008

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Maurico Perez Salazar

Universidad Externado de Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 15, 2008

Abstract

This article analyzes the causes of U.S. mortgage backed securities crisis, a crucial market in the financial panic of 2008. It shows that irrational behavior of investors is not infrequent, as evidenced by Ponzi schemes and bubbles. A comparison is made between traditional and new models of mortgage financing, where the key difference is the new model that unlinks incentives for different agents in the value chain and the risks they assume. It concludes with some reflections on the lessons that the experience of the Colombian mortgage crisis of 1998-2000 may offer for the resolution of the current crisis in the U.S.

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Keywords: mortgage market, financial crisis, United States

JEL Classification: G01, G15

Suggested Citation

Perez Salazar, Maurico, The Source of the Panic of 2008: The Mortgage Credit Market Crisis in the United States (December 15, 2008). Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 10, No. 19, Second Semester 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1316573

Maurico Perez Salazar (Contact Author)

Universidad Externado de Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Bogota D.C
Colombia

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