Economic Theory Jose E Mendoza Allied American University
This paper was prepared for ECN 150, Introduction to Microeconomics, Module 2 Homework Assignment taught by Nikki Follis.
After reading the two articles in Modules 1 and 2 related to Economic Theory (first,“How Did Economists Get It So Wrong” and second, “History of Economics Playground”), reconstruct what happened from 2006 through 2012 as it relates to microeconomic theory. Was there too much focus on the macro climate and not enough on the micro climate? Do you concur more with Krugman or Giraud? What is the basis for your opinion? Be sure to
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It resulted in the threat of total collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and downturns in stock markets around the world. In many areas, the housing market also suffered, resulting in evictions, foreclosures and prolonged unemployment. The crisis played a significant role in the failure of key businesses, declines in consumer wealth estimated in trillions of US dollars, and a downturn in economic activity leading to the 2008–2012 global recession and contributing to the European sovereign-debt crisis. The active phase of the crisis, which manifested as a liquidity crisis, can be dated from August 7, 2007, when BNP Paribas terminated withdrawals from three hedge funds citing "a complete evaporation of liquidity. Typical American families did not fare as well, nor did those "wealthy-but-not wealthiest" families just beneath the pyramid's top. On the other hand, half of the poorest families did not have wealth declines at all during the crisis. The Federal Reserve surveyed 4,000 households between 2007 and 2009, and found that the total wealth of 63 percent of all Americans declined in that period. 77 percent of the richest families had a decrease in total wealth, while only 50 percent of those on the bottom of the pyramid suffered a decrease. Paul Krugman has been notable for his willingness to consider the failures in economic analysis exposed by the crisis. As