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In his exceedingly timely and innovative look at the ramifications of the collapse of the U.S. housing market, Herman M. Schwartz makes the case that worldwide, U.S. growth and power over the last twenty years has depended in large part on domestic housing markets. Mortgage-based securities attracted a cascade of overseas capital into the U.S. economy. High levels of private home ownership, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom, have helped pull in a disproportionately large share of world capital flows.As events since mid-2008 have made clear, mortgage lenders became ever more eager to extend housing loans, for the more mortgage packages they securitized, the higher their profits. As a result, they were dangerously inventive in creating new mortgage products, notably adjustable-rate and subprime mortgages, to attract new, mainly first-time, buyers into the housing market. However, mortgage-based instruments work only when confidence in the mortgage system is maintained. Regulatory failures in the American S&L sector, the accounting crisis that led to the extinction of Arthur Andersen, and the subprime crisis that destroyed Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch and damaged many other big financial institutions have jeopardized a significant engine of economic growth.

Schwartz concentrates on the impact of U.S. regulatory failure on the international economy. He argues that the "local" problem of the housing crisis carries substantial and ongoing risks for U.S. economic health, the continuing primacy of the U.S. dollar in international financial circles, and U.S. hegemony in the world system.

In his exceedingly timely and innovative look at the ramifications of the collapse of the U.S. housing market, Herman M. Schwartz makes the case that worldwide, U.S. growth and power over the last twenty years has depended in large part on domestic housing markets. Mortgage-based securities attracted a cascade of overseas capital into the U.S. economy. High levels of private home ownership, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom, have helped pull in a disproportionately large share of world capital flows.

As events since mid-2008 have made clear, mortgage lenders became ever more eager to extend housing loans, for the more mortgage packages they securitized, the higher their profits. As a result, they were dangerously inventive in creating new mortgage products, notably adjustable-rate and subprime mortgages, to attract new, mainly first-time, buyers into the housing market. However, mortgage-based instruments work only when confidence in the mortgage system is maintained. Regulatory failures in the U.S. S&L sector, the accounting crisis that led to the extinction of Arthur Andersen, and the subprime crisis that destroyed Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch and damaged many other big financial institutions have jeopardized a significant engine of economic growth.

Schwartz concentrates on the impact of U.S. regulatory failure on the international economy. He argues that the "local" problem of the housing crisis carries substantial and ongoing risks for U.S. economic health, the continuing primacy of the U.S. dollar in international financial circles, and U.S. hegemony in the world system.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Selected Figures and Tables
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. 1. Our Borrowing, Your Problem
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Global Capital Flows and the Absence of Constraint
  2. pp. 23-51
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  1. 3. Investing in America: Three Creditors and a Brassplate
  2. pp. 52-82
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  1. 4. Homes Alone? Housing Finance Markets and Differential Growth
  2. pp. 83-113
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  1. 5. U.S. Industrial Decline?
  2. pp. 114-139
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  1. 6. The External Political Foundations of U.S. Arbitrage
  2. pp. 140-173
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  1. 7. Boom to Bust: Housing, Politics, and Financial Crisis in America
  2. pp. 174-202
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  1. 8. Toward the Future: Arbitrage, Differential Growth, and Economic Power
  2. pp. 203-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-254
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801459276
Related ISBN
9780801448126
MARC Record
OCLC
966819168
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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