Financialisation and the Financial and Economic Crises

Financialisation and the Financial and Economic Crises

Country Studies

New Directions in Modern Economics series

Edited by Eckhard Hein, Daniel Detzer and Nina Dodig

The contributions to this book provide detailed accounts of the long-term effects of financialisation and cover the main developments leading up to and during the crisis in 11 selected countries: the US, the UK, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, Estonia, and Turkey. The introductory chapter presents the theoretical framework and synthesizes the main findings of the country studies. Furthermore, the macroeconomic effects of financialisation on the EU as a whole are analysed in the final chapter.

Chapter 4: Financialisation and the economic crisis in Spain

Jesús Ferreiro, Catalina Gálvez and Ana González

Subjects: economics and finance, financial economics and regulation, post-keynesian economics


The aim of this chapter is to analyse the relationship between the financial crisis and the real economic crisis in Spain. The main hypothesis put forward by is that financialisation, which lies at the root of the financial crisis, has also implied changes in the real and financial behaviour of private (and public) agents, which explain the extent and prolonged duration of the crisis in European and other advanced economies, in general, and in Spain in particular. With this aim in mind, we first analyse the financialisation process of the Spanish economy, and then its effects on households, non-financial corporations, and the external sector. Finally, we focus on the mistakes in the management of fiscal policy and in the management of the Spanish banking crisis that have helped to deepen the economic crisis.

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