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By Alan S. Blinder

One in every of our wisest and so much clear-eyed monetary thinkers deals a masterful narrative of the main issue and its lessons

Many high-quality books at the monetary quandary have been first drafts of history—books written to fill the necessity for fast figuring out. Alan S. Blinder, esteemed Princeton professor, Wall road magazine columnist, and previous vice president of the Federal Reserve Board, held off, taking the time to appreciate the trouble and to imagine his manner via to a really complete and coherent narrative of the way the worst monetary predicament in postwar American heritage occurred, what the govt did to struggle it, and what we will be able to do from here—mired as we nonetheless are in its wreckage.

With bracing readability, Blinder indicates us how the U.S. economy, which had grown a long way too complicated for its personal good—and too unregulated for the general public good—experienced an ideal typhoon starting in 2007. issues all started unraveling whilst the much-chronicled housing bubble burst, however the resulting implosion of what Blinder calls the “bond bubble” used to be better and extra devastating. a few humans ponder the monetary as a sideshow with little relevance to the true economy—where the roles, factories, and outlets are. yet finance is extra just like the circulatory procedure of the industrial physique: if the blood stops flowing, the physique is going into cardiac arrest. whilst America’s monetary constitution crumbled, the wear proved to be not just deep, yet extensive. It took the problem for the area to find, to its horror, simply how really interconnected—and fragile—the international economy is. a few observers argue that enormous international forces have been the key culprits of the drawback. Blinder disagrees, arguing that the matter began within the U.S. and was once driven overseas, as complicated, opaque, and overvalued funding items have been exported to a hungry international, which was once approximately poisoned via them.

The moment a part of the tale explains how American and overseas executive intervention saved us from a complete meltdown. a few of the U.S. government’s activities, relatively the Fed’s, have been formerly incredible. And to an amazing—and definitely misunderstood—extent, they labored. The worst didn't ensue. Blinder bargains clear-eyed solutions to the questions nonetheless earlier than us, no matter if a few of the offerings forward are as divisive as they're unavoidable. After the song Stopped is a necessary historical past that we can't have enough money to overlook, simply because something heritage teaches is that it'll occur again.

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Blinder, a company govt and previous vp of the Federal Reserve, units out to inform the yank humans what occurred through the monetary concern of 2007–09. He explains the occasions which are nonetheless reverberating within the U.S. and globally and may problem public coverage for years. With public coverage as his concentration, he considers how we received into that mess and the way we obtained out—to the level we've gotten out. the writer considers the future—what have we realized either economically and politically, and should we deal with destiny crises larger? What vulnerabilities can we nonetheless have? What destiny difficulties have we accidently created? ultimately, Blinder deals a bunch of thoughts, which come with his Ten monetary Commandments, together with Thou Shalt keep in mind that humans fail to remember (people overlook while the great occasions roll) and Thou Shalt now not depend upon Self-Regulation (Self-regulation in monetary markets is an oxymoron). this glorious ebook in comprehensible language bargains worthy perception and critical rules for a variety of library consumers. --Mary Whaley --This textual content refers back to the Hardcover edition.
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The Wall highway Journal:
"[Blinder] is a grasp storyteller... [After the track Stopped] is without doubt one of the top books but in regards to the monetary crisis."

Michiko Kakutani, the recent York Times:
"Highly readable... Mr. Blinder attracts at the paintings of many... journalists in his account. but when huge parts of After the tune Stopped think ordinary, the ebook still advantages from its wide-angle point of view, in addition to from its vantage time limit, now that it's attainable to evaluate the fallout of choices that have been being made at the run via White apartment and Treasury officers less than striking pressures. It additionally merits from Mr. Blinder's clear-eyed prose and nimble presents as an explainer — presents that typically process these of invoice Clinton, in terms of making advanced financial concerns and regulations comprehensible to the lay reader. Direct and concise, Mr. Blinder tells it as he sees it."

Financial Times:
"Blinder's booklet merits its most probably position close to the pinnacle of analyzing lists in regards to the predicament. it's the top finished background of the episode... A riveting tale."

The New Republic:
"For a reader thinking about how we came, and why the folks dependable have appeared, frequently, to be so chary of stringing up the culprits, or tearing down the procedure, Blinder's ebook - no longer least simply because his fair-minded process and pragmatic approach inspires that of America's present regulators - provides us a useful insight."

USA Today:
"What does the entire wisdom suggest to generalist readers? much, really. Blinder is not any defender of his economist colleagues or different former and present insiders who brought on quite a bit harm - or, at minimal, didn't see the cave in at the horizon. He writes in actual fact - in addition to plenty of newshounds. That mix makes the booklet a beneficial addition to the literature."

Seattle Times:
“If you must get among the covers together with your favourite econ nerd this season, i like to recommend Alan Blinder’s After the song Stopped: The monetary problem, the reaction and the paintings forward. Written by means of the previous vp of the Federal Reserve, this merits a spot one of the most sensible reads at the nice Panic and its aftermath.”

Cleveland simple Dealer:
"A prodigiously targeted but often obtainable research of the roots of the meltdown, its a number of and carrying on with reverberations within the usa and globally, and the non permanent fixes and long term treatments required to regard, after which heal, the patient."

President William J. Clinton:
"If you need to comprehend each point of our financial crisis—how we acquired into it, how we escaped a melancholy, why we haven't totally recovered, and what we need to do now—read this e-book. It's a masterpiece—simple, undemanding and wise."

Paul A. Volcker:
"True to his scholarly roots and proficient by way of his functional insights, Alan Blinder has produced in After the tune Stopped either a entire and, mirabile dictu, engagingly readable research of the nice monetary situation. even if one is of the same opinion with each specific judgment, the strength of the argument is obvious: the following we're, 4 years later, nonetheless wanting reforms which are needed."

Bob Woodward:
"Alan Blinder is without doubt one of the world's top proficient and such a lot balanced, good economists. His credentials comprise years as a senior adviser within the Clinton White apartment, then as vice president of the Federal Reserve and as general op-ed contributor to the Wall highway magazine. After the track Stopped is the easiest account to be had of what quite occurred within the 2008 monetary drawback, why and what it now capability for the future."

Mohamed A. El-Erian:
"Of the entire books that i've got learn at the topic—and i've got learn rather a few—After the song Stopped presents the main authoritative account of the why, how and what of the worldwide monetary situation. This hugely readable research takes you brilliantly in the course of the building of America's fragile condo of economic playing cards, its unexpected and dramatic cave in and, as very important, the tough reconstruction and rehabilitation paintings that needs to nonetheless be performed. no matter if you have an interest in present affairs or in heritage, learn this e-book if you'd like knowledgeable and well-written research of the way economics and politics interacted to create one great mess, not only for the USA but in addition for the worldwide economy."

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Their results show that (as expected) demand for investment decreases when the cost of external funding increases. More interestingly, they also find that the adverse financial shock reduces the firm’s working capital and obviously this has a direct negative impact on employment (even after controlling for current and expected wages). Also, the negative shock has a negative impact on pay rises while interestingly enough, increasing financial pressure has a small positive effect on total factor productivity.

Therefore it is possible that differences in business attributes may lead to differences in business financing. , 1999; Robb and Wolken, 2002; Storey, 2004). , 1995; Coleman and Carsky, 1996; Coleman, 2000). Indeed, Robb and Wolken (2002) found womenowned businesses were significantly smaller than men-owned businesses in terms of employment, assets and sales. , 1995; Storey, 2004) and tend to pay higher interest (Brau, 2002) than larger businesses independently of the owner’s gender. Indeed, Fabowale et al.

Therefore it is possible that differences in business attributes may lead to differences in business financing. , 1999; Robb and Wolken, 2002; Storey, 2004). , 1995; Coleman and Carsky, 1996; Coleman, 2000). Indeed, Robb and Wolken (2002) found womenowned businesses were significantly smaller than men-owned businesses in terms of employment, assets and sales. , 1995; Storey, 2004) and tend to pay higher interest (Brau, 2002) than larger businesses independently of the owner’s gender. Indeed, Fabowale et al.

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