Financialisation and the Financial and Economic Crises
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Financialisation and the Financial and Economic Crises

Country Studies

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.
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Chapter 10: The transmission channels between the financial and the real sectors in Italy and the crisis

Giampaolo Gabbi, Elisa Ticci and Pietro Vozzella


This report on Italy examines the long-run changes between the financial and the real sectors of the economy, with a focus on the effects of financialisation on the macroeconomic developments that led to the 2007 financial crisis. The first part provides some analysis on the major GDP components and the financial balance pattern over the long period. The analysis allows classification of the nature of Italian growth as a mainly consumer-led type. The second part finds out the effects of an increasing dominance of finance since the beginning of the 1990s on income distribution, investment in capital stock, consumption and the current account. The third part links the long-run developments with the financial and economic crisis, showing how the consumer collapse and the public investment constraints explain how the recession is still characterising the Italian economy.

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