U.S. Subprime Mortgage Crisis: Policy Reactions (B)

Posted: 27 May 2009

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Laura Alfaro

Harvard University

Renee Kim

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: April 16, 2009


In March 2009, the U.S. economy was in a severe recession not seen since the Great Depression after the subprime mortgage crisis had spiraled out of control. The situation had dramatically changed in one year since the Federal Reserve Board had helped to bailout investment bank Bear Stearns. Deflation, not inflation, had become a top concern. Interest rates were near zero percent. Five million jobs had been lost. The new Barack Obama administration had pushed forward with a $787 billion stimulus package, coupled with various programs to address the frozen credit markets and depressed investors' confidence. Yet the burning question in every policymakers' mind was -- how effective would the various plans work to revive the U.S. economy?

Suggested Citation

Alfaro, Laura and Kim, Renee, U.S. Subprime Mortgage Crisis: Policy Reactions (B) (April 16, 2009). HBS Case No. 709-045, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1407151

Laura Alfaro (Contact Author)

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Renee Kim

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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