Financial Crises, 1929 to the Present

Financial Crises, 1929 to the Present

Sara Hsu

This fascinating volume offers a comprehensive synthesis of the events, causes and outcomes of the major financial crises from 1929 to the present day. Beginning with an overview of the global financial system, Sara Hsu presents both theoretical and empirical evidence to explain the roots of financial crises in general. She then provides a thorough breakdown of a number of major crises of the past century, both in the United States and around the world.

Chapter 7: Late 1990s and early 2000s: Russian financial crisis, Brazilian financial crisis, Argentine crisis

Sara Hsu

Subjects: economics and finance, economic psychology, financial economics and regulation


Several crises followed the Asian financial crisis in rapid succession. These were impacted by contagion from the Asian crisis and from one another to different degrees. A loss of foreign investor confidence added fuel to the fire in these countries, which were overindebted to foreign investors to begin with. The Russian financial crisis began in 1998, and was caused by serious vulnerabilities associated with economic restructuring due to the privatization process. Less serious than the Russian crisis, the Brazilian financial crisis also began in 1998 and was brought about by overspending during its privatization process. The Argentine financial crisis was the least expected, since Argentina had been working closely with the IMF to prevent crisis. The crisis began in 2000 as Argentina became increasingly indebted and descended into recession. The country was unable to use monetary policy to revive its economy, and its fiscal policy suffered from structural shortcomings. We examine each of these crises in turn, starting with the Russian financial crisis.

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