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- Financial Crisis for Beginners - "Everyone should be able to understand how the financial crisis came about, what it means for all of us, and what our options are for getting out of it." Lucid explanations by Simon Johnson (MIT professor and former IMF Chief Economist) and his team.
- Podcasts from Planet Money from NPR - especially Giant Pool of Money , Another Frightening Show about the Economy, Bad Bank , and The Watchers.
- The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis provides The Financial Crisis: A Timeline of Events and Policy Actions, with data, reports, FAQ, etc.
- The Global Financial Crisis: Analysis and Policy Implications - report prepared for Congress by the Congressional Research Service, 10/09. Also CRS's Causes of the Financial Crisis, 1/09
- The End - Michael Lewis, author of Liar's Poker, reflects vividly on the last 20 years in the bond market, an era that "is finally, officially, over." 11/11/08
- Origins of the Financial Crisis - by economists at the Brookings Institution, 11/08
- The Financial Crisis and the Policy Responses: An Empirical Analysis of What Went Wrong by John Taylor, Stanford economist, 11/08
- The housing meltdown: why did it happen in the United States? by Luci Ellis, Bank for International Settlements, 9/08
- International Monetary Fund publications:
Recent books related to the GFC
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Contemporary capitalism and its crises : social structure of accumulation theory for the 21st century
Crisis economics: a crash course in the economics of finance
More Background: Courses and Textbooks
- Econ 252 - Financial Markets - open course given at Yale by Prof. Robert Shiller - strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century.
- Khan Academy - award-winning online library of video classes covering all levels of mathematics, finance, statistics, banking and money, economics, and much more. The videos are supplemented by software that dynamically generates exercises and captures data on student usage and progress.
- Open Source textbook: Introduction to Economic Analysis by R. Preston McAfee, California Institute of Technology, 2007
Podcasts and More from Planet Money
a complete accounting of where the money's going, from AIG to the smallest community bank, from ProPublica
Marketplace: America's Financial Crisis