Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten The World Economy is written by a professor and a former IMF Chief Economist. This book not only examines the causes of the global financial crisis of 2008, it also suggests some practical measures to prevent such a thing from happening again. Summary Of The Book Just like geological fault lines, cracks in the financial landscape run deep and mostly unseen. Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten The World Economy says that if these weaknesses are not fixed, it could result in further quakes in the financial world that could be as bad as what happened in 2008. The author of this book made himself unpopular by predicting a serious financial crisis at a Federal Reserve celebratory function in 2005. He was one of the minority who spotted the trouble that lay ahead, and in a short time, he was proved right. This book is one of the many that goes into the causes and effects of the current crisis. But, it doesn't limit itself to pointing fingers at the usual suspects. The author says that an analysis of this crisis should go beyond blaming greedy bankers and individual investors. He says that in a way, the action of all parties concerned was actually a logical response to the prevailing situation and the available options. He says that the trouble had been brewing for long, with the discrepancy in the earning power of the educated and the unqualified, in the anxiety over job security, and concerns about health insurance. He also points out that the government opted for some quick-fix measures like allowing banks to provide credit to people with doubtful ability to pay back the loans, and promises of bailouts that encouraged some to take disproportionate risks. Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten The World Economy identifies and analyzes the problems created by short-sighted policies and greed. It then suggests some tough measures to ensure that such a crisis does not occur again. About Raghuram Rajan Raghuram Govinda Rajan is an economist, professor and writer. He is also the author of Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists and The True Lessons of the Recession: The West Can’t Borrow and Spend Its Way to Recovery. Raghuram Rajan was born in 1963 to a Tamil family in Bhopal. He graduated from IIT-Delhi with a degree in Electrical Engineering and then did his MBA at IIM-Ahmedabad. He earned his Doctorate in Management from MIT. In 2003, he became the youngest person to be appointed as the chief economist at IMF. He is the Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s graduate business school. Currently, he is on leave of absence from that post, as he has been appointed as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
Written by Raghuram G. Rajan, this book aims at enlightening the readers about the fault lines that exist in the contemporary world economy. In this thoroughly researched book, the world renown economist points out the fault lines in much detail and pinpoints to the year 2008 when a global financial crisis precipitated as a result of those fault lines. He also mentions that, if not attended to immediately, more severe financial crisis are likely to surface in future.
Going against the norms, he mentions that the financial crisis of 2008 arose not as a result of a faulty decision by individuals—governments, homemakers and bankers—but by a seemingly intricate chain of fault lines which forced the individuals to such decisions. The author does not just go talking about the fault lines but also presents the readers with a fixed course of action that the economies of the world must adopt in order to make fruitful changes happen.
Published by Harper Collins India in 2011, this book is available in paperback edition.About the author:
The author of Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten The World Economy, Raghuram G. Rajan born into a Tamil family in Madhya Pradesh is a world renown academician and economist. He took charge as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India on 4th September, 2013 and has authored several books on matters pertaining to the world's economy.
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