Fighting a Dangerous Financial Fire: The Federal Response to the Crisis of 2007-2009

Posted: 20 Apr 2012

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David A. Moss

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit

Cole X. Bolton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 15, 2011

Abstract

By the summer of 2009, many observers concluded that a catastrophic financial collapse- which seemed all but imminent the previous fall and winter - had been averted. Although the recession had still yet to be declared over and the economy's footing remained far from solid, many believed that the worst of the crisis was over. With the global financial system no longer spiraling into an abyss, government officials, business leaders, and American taxpayers could now take stock of where they had been and where they should be headed. In particular, many wondered how the disaster had happened in the first place: what exactly had caused the brutal financial crisis of 2007-2009?

Learning Objective: To facilitate the exploration of the essential causes of the financial crisis of 2007-2009 as well as the logic, limits, and likely consequences of the massive federal financial response in 2008 and 2009.

Suggested Citation

Moss, David A. and Bolton, Cole X., Fighting a Dangerous Financial Fire: The Federal Response to the Crisis of 2007-2009 (June 15, 2011). Harvard Business School BGIE Unit Case No. 711-104. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042615

David A. Moss (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit ( email )

Cambridge, MA
United States

Cole X. Bolton

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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