Iceland: How Could this Happen?

34 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2014

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Thorvaldur Gylfason

University of Iceland - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: January 31, 2014

Abstract

This paper reviews economic developments in Iceland following its financial collapse in 2008, focusing on causes and consequences of the crash. The review is presented in the context of the Nordic region, with broad comparisons also with developments elsewhere on the periphery of Europe, in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal. In some ways, however, Iceland resembles Italy, Japan, and Russia more than it resembles its Nordic neighbors or even Ireland. The paper also considers the uncertain prospects for reforms and restoration as well as the possible effects of the crash on social, human, and real capital and on long-run economic growth.

Keywords: Iceland, financial crisis, social capital

JEL Classification: G010, O400

Suggested Citation

Gylfason, Thorvaldur, Iceland: How Could this Happen? (January 31, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4605, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2398265

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