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2012/2013  KAN-CM_E32  The Recent Financial Crisis and Its Predecessors: Crisis, contagion, political and corporate response

English Title
The Recent Financial Crisis and Its Predecessors: Crisis, contagion, political and corporate response

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Changes in course schedule may occur
Thursday 09.50-12.25, week 36-41, 43-46
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Alfred Reckendrees - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Administrative contact - Karina Ravn Nielsen - electives.lpf@cbs.dk or direct phone: 38153782
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • International Political Economy
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 27-04-2012
Learning objectives
In order to achieve the grade 12 (7 point scale) the student must:
  • Develop a well defined and coherent research question
  • Identify relevant material, literature and data that allows for an answer to the research question
  • Prove evidence of a comprehensive empirical and theoretical knowledge
  • Demonstrate a high level of command of the abalytical methods used
  • Competing explanations must be discussed critically
  • The research question has to be analyzed and answered in a comprehensible, precise and logic manner
  • The paper has to meet the formal standards of academic writing
The course requires a basic knowledge of macro- and micro-economic theory.
The Recent Financial Crisis and Its Predecessors: Crisis, contagion, political and corporate response:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period December/January
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below

Final exam: Project exam/home assignment (15 pages)
Re-take exam: Project exam/home assignment (15 pages)

The project/home assignment must be related to the broad theme of thje course (economic and financial crises, corporate response to crises, policy response to crises, studies on industrial branches or companies, social impacts of crises ...) - the topic has to be approved by the course teacher.

Course content

The world economic crisis that began in 2007 was the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. It has prompted enormous economic stimulus packages and a new discussion about financial regulation. The aftermath of this crisis restricts future fiscal and social possibilities for most countries. A group of European states has entered a period of prolonged fiscal and structural problems and for the first time, the Euro-zone faces severe problems. - What were the reasons for this crisis, how might it be explained? How was it possible and why is it so difficult to learn from past experience?

Financial and economic crisis are all but singular events. This course compares the recent world economic crisis with the Great Depression (1929-33) and its aftermath, and also with the Asian-crisis (1997) and the so-called dot.com bubble (1999-2000) that did not similarly effect the world economy. These crises offer empirical evidence for a general analysis of financial and economic crises. The course focuses on a comparative analysis of crises and on the analysis of political and corporate responses to crises on the national and international level.

Based on (1) the analysis of the long-term development of the ‘international monetary system’ and the ‘financial globalization’, (2) on the discussion of theoretical explanations of financial crisis, and (3) on a comparative historical analysis of past crises and corporate responses to crises, the students analyze the course and the causes of the recent world economic crisis and strategies of governments, international institutions, and companies to cope with it.

The aims of this course are to:

  • engross the students’ understanding of economic crises as well as theoretical reflections on crises,
  • expand the students’ knowledge and understanding of international institutions (financial, political, etc.),
  • enhance the students’ ability to analyze complex economic processes,
  • find out whether there are specific corporate strategies to survive economic crisis,
  • point out the possible gains of historical comparison and warn against (hopefully) wrong historical parallels.


The course will enlarge the students’ capability to analyze critical industrial and economic development, which is necessary for the design of corporate or political institutions’ strategies towards crises; it will, however, not train technical tools.


The course's development of personal competences:

Students improve their capability to analyze general economic development and their knowledge and understanding of financial and economic crises (and respective theoretical approaches). They learn to identify and to analyze the impact of different institutional arrangements, the role of the state and international organizations on the courses of financial and economic crises and they will create knowledge on approaches how to cope with crises both on the macro (governmental) and the micro (corporate) level.

Furthermore, the students enhance their capacity to apply theoretical concepts in order to explain economic and industrial development and to analyze corporate strategies. By comparative analysis of different countries, industries and time periods, they, furthermore,increase itheir nter-cultural competences and historical knowledge.

Teaching methods
The course will be taught in 15 weeks (2h each). Due to the overall objective, a substantial part of the course is based on lectures combined with classroom discussions. The discussion will be partly based on students’ presentations and group discussions. Preparatory reading of approx. 700pp. is required.
Expected literature

The course requires intensive reading in order to prepare the classes (appr. 40-50 pp. for each class) and additional reading beyond the syllabus in order to write the project.

A compendium and a compulsory syllabus with up-to-date papers and articles will be constructed until 15 August 2012 (the recent crisis is a field of ongoing research).


Reinhart, Carmen M. / Rogoff, Kenneth S. (2009), This Time is Different. Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, Princeton: Princeton University Press (select chapters)

James, Harold (2009), The Creation and Destruction of Value. The Globalization Cycle, Cambridge, Mass. et. al.: Harvard University Press

Kindleberger, Charles P. / Aliber, Robert Z. (2005): Maniacs, Panics, and Crashes. A History of Financial Crises, Fifth Edition, Hoboken: Wiley (select chapters)

Krugmann, Paul (2008), The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008, London: Norton & Co. (select chapters)

Minsky, Hyman P. (2008, Orig. 1986), Stabilizing an Unstable Economy, New York et al.: McGraw Hill (select chapters)

Rajan, Raghuram G. (2010), Fault Lines. How Hidden Fractures still Threaten the World Economy, Princeton: Princeton University Press (select chapters)

Temin, Peter (1989), Lessons from the Great Depression, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press (select chapters)

Articles / Working Papers (available via CBS library e-resources or via econpapers)

Barro, Robert J. (2001), "Economic Growth in East Asia before and after the Financial Crisis", NBER Working Paper Series 8330

Barsky, Robert B./Kilian, Lutz (2004): “Oil and the Macroeconomy Since the 1970s“, in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 115-134

Bernanke, Ben S. (1983), "Nonmonetary Effects of the Financial Crisis in the Propagation of the Great Depression", in: American Economic Review 73, no. 3, 257-276

Bordo, Michael (2008): “An Historical Perspective on the Crisis of 2007-2009”, NBER Working PaperSeries 14569

Brunnermeier, Markus (2009): “Deciphering the Liquidity and Credit Crunch 2007–2008”, in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 77-100

Cecchetti, Stephen G. (2009), "Crisis and Response: The Federal Reserve in the Early Stages of the Financial Crisis", in: Journal of Economic Perspectives 23, no. 1, 51-75

Coval, Joshua, Jakub Jurek, et al. (2009), "The Economics of Structured Finance", in: Journal of Economic Perspectives 23, no. 1, 3-25

Dore, Ronald (2008): “Financialization of the global economy”, in: Industrial and Corporate Change, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 1097–1112

Eichengreen, Barry and Peter Temin (2000), "The Gold Standard and the Great Depression", in: Contemporary European History 9, no. 2, 183-207

Eichengreen, Barry / Sussmann, Nathan (2000): “The International Monetary System in the very long run”, IMF Working Paper WP/0043

Hellwig, Martin (2008), "Systemic Risk in the Financial Sector: An Analysis of the Subprime-Mortgage Crisis", Reprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, no. 43

Mishkin, Frederic S. (2005), "Is Financial Globalization Beneficial?", in: Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, vol 39, no. 2-3, 259-294

Imad A. Moosa (2010): Basel II as a casualty of the global financial crisis, in: Journal of Banking Regulation, vol. 11, no. 2, 95–114

Olson, Mancur (1988), “The productivity slowdown, the oil shocks, and the real cycle, in:The Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 43-69

Schwartz, Anna J. (2009): “Origins of the financial market crisis of 2008”, in:Cato Journal, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 19-23

Stiglitz, Joseph (1999), "Lessons from East Asia", in: Journal of Policy Modeling, vol. 21, no. 3, 311-330

Temin, Peter (1993), "Transmission of the Great Depression", in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 7, no. 2, 87-102

Smart, Carolyne / Vertinsky, Ilan (1984), “Strategy and the Environment: A Study of Corporate Responses to Crisis”, in: Strategic Management Journal, vol. 5, 199-213

Last updated on 27-04-2012