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Las Crisis Bancarias y el Sistema Monetario Internacional en la Gran Depresión y en la Actualidad (Banking Crises and the International Monetary System in the Great Depression and Now)

Revista de Economia Institucional, Vol. 13, No. 25, p. 13, 2011

45 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2012  

Richhild Moessner

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

William A. Allen

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

We identify similarities and differences in the scale and nature of the banking crises in 2008-2009 and the Great Depression, and analyse differences in the policy response to the two crises in light of the prevailing international monetary systems. We find that the scale of the banking crisis, as measured by falls in international short-term indebtedness and total bank deposits, was smaller in 2008-2009 than in 1931. However, central bank liquidity provision was larger in the flexible exchange rate environment of 2008-2009 than in 1931, when it had been constrained in many countries by the gold standard.

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Keywords: banking crises, International Monetary System, liquidity, Great Depression, central bank

JEL Classification: E58, F33, N1

Suggested Citation

Moessner, Richhild and Allen, William A., Las Crisis Bancarias y el Sistema Monetario Internacional en la Gran Depresión y en la Actualidad (Banking Crises and the International Monetary System in the Great Depression and Now) (2011). Revista de Economia Institucional, Vol. 13, No. 25, p. 13, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1987092

Richhild Moessner (Contact Author)

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) ( email )

Centralbahnplatz 2
Basel, Basel-Stadt 4002
Switzerland

William A. Allen

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

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