Financial Whirlpools: A Systems Story Of The Great Global Recession

Paperback | April 25, 2013

byKaren L. HigginsEditorKaren L. Higgins

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How do economists reconcile their expertise with their failures to predict and manage the 2008 financial crisis? This book goes a long way toward an answer by using systems theory to reveal the complex interdependence of factors and forces behind the crisis. In her fully integrated view of the economy, how it works, and how the economic crisis burst, Karen Higgins combines human psychology, cultural values, and belief formation with descriptions of the ways banks and markets succeed and fail. In each chapter she introduces themes from financial crisis literature and brings a systems-theory treatment of them. Her methodology and visual presentations both develop the tools of systems theory and apply these tools to the financial crisis. Not just another volume about the crisis, this book challenges the status quo through its unique multidisciplinary approach. Presents a broad global view of international economic health and international corporate health Describes how policies, regulations, and trends dating to the 1950s influenced the crisis Assumes readers possess a general familiarity of economics and finance

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How do economists reconcile their expertise with their failures to predict and manage the 2008 financial crisis? This book goes a long way toward an answer by using systems theory to reveal the complex interdependence of factors and forces behind the crisis. In her fully integrated view of the economy, how it works, and how the economi...

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How do economists reconcile their expertise with their failures to predict and manage the 2008 financial crisis? This book goes a long way toward an answer by using systems theory to reveal the complex interdependence of factors and forces behind the crisis. In her fully integrated view of the economy, how it works, and how the economi...

Dr. Karen Higgins has a B.S. in Mathematics, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA and PhD in Executive Management. She has extensive experience in executive leadership and in leading research and engineering teams. Throughout her 32-year career with the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division at China Lake and Pt. Mugu, Califo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 25, 2013Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0124059058

ISBN - 13:9780124059054

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Table of Contents

PART I FOUNDATIONS

1. LINES OR CIRCLES: The Basics of Systems Thinking

2. AS THE GEARS TURN: Policies, Practices, Markets, and Risk

PART II YIN: HUMAN BEHAVIORS

3. WHERE CAN I BUY ONE? Humans and the economy

4. WHO ARE YOU ANYWAY? Values, beliefs, and behaviors

5. VISIONS OF GRANDEUR: Expectations and behaviors

6. A CRISIS OF HUMAN PROPORTIONS: Ethics and behaviors

7. SELF SPEAKS LOUDLY AND CARRIES A BIG STICK: Sources of unethical behavior

PART III YANG: ECONOMIC MECHANICS

8. WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN: The Housing Bubble

9. ON TOP OF DEBT MOUNTAIN: High Risk Loans and Credit

10. THE RISK TIGER POUNCES: Financial Market, Risk, and Securitization

PART IV YIN AND YANG: INTEGRATION

11. HUMAN ROOTS ARE DEEP: Yin meets Yang

12. CONCLUSIONS

Appendix A

Appendix B

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a revealing insight into how systems theory can change the way we think about financial systems.  It has the power to change the way we think about economic crises." --Luke Houghton, Griffith University, Australia "Financial Whirlpools insists that the economy must be studied as a complex whole that is capable of producing unexpected results and brings these insights to bear on the financial sector. The book is a welcome departure from the individualistic and mechanistic thinking that blinded a profession to the possibility of the recent financial crisis." --Mark Stterfield, Trinity College, US