Central Banks as Sources of Financial Instability
By George A. Selgin
This article appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of The Independent Review.
The present financial crisis shows how central banks can fuel the financial booms that make severe busts possible. Unfortunately, theoretical discussions of central banking badly neglect its role in fostering financial instability, in part because they ignore its history and political origins.
George A. Selgin is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Georgia, Director of the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives at the Cato Institute, and former Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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