Financial Markets, Money and the Real World

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Paul Davidson
Edward Elgar, 2002 - Business & Economics - 265 pages
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Investigating why the 1990s was a decade of financial crises that almost precipitated a global market crash, this book explores the reasons why the global economy still struggles with the aftermath of these crises and discusses the possibility that volatile financial markets in the future will have real impacts on whole industries and national economic systems. financial markets play in determining the economic growth rate, unemployment rate and international payments position of capitalist economies. He explains why the primary function of financial markets is to create liquidity and demonstrates that a liquid market cannot be efficient, and an efficient market cannot be liquid. He also proves that preventing liquidity problems from developing in national and international financial markets is the key element in fostering prosperity. Statistical evidence and theoretical analysis are combined to demonstrate why orthodox prescriptions for liberalizing labour, product and capital markets are the wrong policies for promoting a civilized society in the 21st century.

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Paul Davidson is with Phillips, the world's third-largest auction house, located in London. He is a regular contributor to Antique Collecting Magazine.

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