Asset Price Bubbles: A Survey

43 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2011 Last revised: 3 Feb 2013

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Anna Scherbina

Brandeis University

Bernd Schlusche

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: December 13, 2011


Why do asset price bubbles continue to appear in various markets? What types of events give rise to bubbles and why do arbitrage forces fail to quickly burst them? Do bubbles have real economic consequences and should policy makers do more to prevent them? This paper provides an overview of recent literature on bubbles, with significant attention given to behavioral models and rational models with frictions. The latest U.S. housing bubble is described in the context of this literature.

Keywords: Bubbles, Limits to Arbitrage, Financial Crisis

JEL Classification: G00, G01, G10

Suggested Citation

Scherbina, Anna D. and Schlusche, Bernd, Asset Price Bubbles: A Survey (December 13, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Anna D. Scherbina (Contact Author)

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Bernd Schlusche

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ( email )

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