The “this time is different” syndrome

From Eight hundred years of financial folly:

There is a view today that both countries and creditors have learned from their mistakes. […] the ability of governments and investors to delude themselves, giving rise to periodic bouts of euphoria that usually end in tears, seems to have remained a constant.

On a more positive note, our research at least raises the question of how a country might “graduate” from a history of serial default. Interesting cases include Greece and Spain, countries that appear to have escaped a severe history of serial default not only by reforming institutions, but by benefiting from the anchor of the European Union.

PDF document: This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises (local copy).

[via Lispmeister]


2 thoughts on “The “this time is different” syndrome

  1. @Dot.Hackers:
    Περίεργο. Από τη δικιά μου διαδικτυακή γωνιά δεν ζητάει τίποτε. Το έχω κάνει cache τοπικά. Κάνε click στο “local copy” στο post.

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