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- DescriptionThe jargon of ecomics and finance contains numerous colorful terms for market-asset prices at odds with any reasonable ecomic explanation. Examples include bubble, tulipmania, chain letter, Ponzi scheme, panic, crash, herding, and irrational exuberance. Although such a term suggests that an event is inexplicably crowd-driven, what it really means, claims Peter Garber, is that we have grasped a near-empty explanation rather than expend the effort to understand the event. In this book Garber offers market-fundamental explanations for the three most famous bubbles: the Dutch Tulipmania (1634-1637), the Mississippi Bubble (1719-1720), and the closely connected South Sea Bubble (1720). He focuses most closely on the Tulipmania because it is the event that most modern observers view as clearly crazy. Comparing the pattern of price declines for initially rare eighteenth-century bulbs to that of seventeenth-century bulbs, he concludes that the extremely high prices for rare bulbs and their rapid decline reflects rmal pricing behavior. In the cases of the Mississippi and South Sea Bubbles, he describes the asset markets and financial manipulations involved in these episodes and casts them as market fundamentals.
- Author BiographyPeter M. Garber is Global Strategist at Global Markets Research of Deutsche Bank.
- Author(s)Peter M. Garber
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication03/10/2001
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Weight213 g
- Width136 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine6 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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