Getting up to Speed on the Financial Crisis: A One-Weekend-Reader's Guide
Gary B. Gorton and Andrew Metrick
NBER Working Paper No. 17778
All economists should be conversant with “what happened?” during the financial crisis of 2007-2009. We select and summarize 16 documents, including academic papers and reports from regulatory and international agencies. This reading list covers the key facts and mechanisms in the build-up of risk, the panics in short-term-debt markets, the policy reactions, and the real effects of the financial crisis.