Fault Lines by Raghuram G. Rajan
How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy (New in Paper)

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Raghuram Rajan was one of the few economists who warned of the global financial crisis before it hit. Now, as the world struggles to recover, it's tempting to blame what happened on just a few greedy bankers who took irrational risks and left the rest of us to foot the bill. In Fault Lines, Rajan argues that serious flaws in the economy are also to blame, and warns that a potentially more devastating crisis awaits us if they aren't fixed.

Rajan shows how the individual choices that collectively brought about the economic meltdown--made by bankers, government officials, and ordinary homeowners--were rational responses to a flawed global financial order in which the incentives to take on risk are incredibly out of step with the dangers those risks pose. He traces the deepening fault lines in a world overly dependent on the indebted American consumer to power global economic growth and stave off global downturns. He exposes a system where America's growing inequality and thin social safety net create tremendous political pressure to encourage easy credit and keep job creation robust, no matter what the consequences to the economy's long-term health; and where the U.S. financial sector, with its skewed incentives, is the critical but unstable link between an overstimulated America and an underconsuming world.

In Fault Lines, Rajan demonstrates how unequal access to education and health care in the United States puts us all in deeper financial peril, even as the economic choices of countries like Germany, Japan, and China place an undue burden on America to get its policies right. He outlines the hard choices we need to make to ensure a more stable world economy and restore lasting prosperity.


About Raghuram G. Rajan

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Raghuram G. Rajan is the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. He is the coauthor of "Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists: Unleashing the Power of Financial Markets to Create Wealth and Spread Opportunity" (Princeton).
Published August 8, 2011 by Princeton University Press. 283 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Notable authors include Kenneth French (Tuck School of Business finance professor and past president of the American Finance Association), Raghuram Rajan (Chicago Booth School of Business finance professor and author of Fault Lines), and Robert Shiller (Yale economics professor and author of Anim...

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Seeking Alpha

Raghuram Rajan, in his book Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy (Princeton University Press: 2010), develops a comprehensive explanation for the 2008-2010 financial crises and then presents his ideas on how the economic and financial system of the United States need...

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London School of Economics

By contrast, Rajan also writes that it should have neither intervened in the housing market nor given the certainty of a government bailout in case of trouble.

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