Technology Shocks and Minsky Cycles
Speaker(s)Gregory Phelan (Williams College, United States)
Date and time
November 25, 2020
16:00 - 17:00
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Big technological improvements in a new, secondary sector lead to a period of excitement about the future prospects of the overall economy, generating boom-bust dynamics propagating through credit markets. Increased future capital prices relax collateral constraints today, leading to a boom before the realization of the shock. But reallocation of capital toward the secondary sector when the shock hits leads to a bust going forward. These cycles are perfectly foreseen in our model, making them markedly different from the typical narrative about unexpected financial shocks used to explain crises. In fact, these cycles echo Minsky’s original narrative for financial cycles, according to which “financial trauma occur as normal functioning event in a capitalistic economy.” (Minsky, 1980). Joint paper with Jean-Paul L’Huillier and Hunter Wieman.
Keywords: Endogenous cycles, boom-bust dynamics, optimism, credit markets, predictability.
JEL classification: E22, E23, E32, E44