credit cycle

P. Bridel
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
Alternate versions available: 1987 Edition
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It was with the post-First World War attempts to integrate marginalist value and monetary theory that theorists started pondering the possible (in Hayek's words) ‘incorporation of cyclical phenomena into the system of economic equilibrium theory’. Hayek's own ‘intertemporal equilibrium’ approach overturned the traditional view of cycles as temporary deviations from long-period equilibrium conditions. But the publication of Keynes's General Theory redirected research efforts towards the determination of output at a point in time. Since the late 1960s, with the search for ‘microfoundations for macroeconomics’, this line of thought has been back on the theoretical agenda.
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Bridel, P. "credit cycle." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 22 November 2017 <> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0340

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