Call#: Van Pelt Library HB3722 .C7513 2010
Call#: Van Pelt Library HG173 .F5195 2005
PART I: INTRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS
1. Introduction: Financialization and the World Economy (pdf)
2. Costs and Benefits of Neoliberalism: A Class Analysis
Gerard Dumenil and Dominique Levy
3. The Rise of Rentier Incomes in OECD Countries: Financialization, Central Bank Policy and Labor Solidarity
Gerald A. Epstein and Arjun Jayadev
Part II: FINANCIALIZATION AND THE US ECONOMY
4. The Neoliberal Paradox: The Impact of Destructive Product Market Competition and ‘Modern' Financial Markets on Nonfinancial Corporation Performance in the Neoliberal Era
5. The Late 1990s' US Bubble: Financialization in the Extreme (pdf)
Robert R. Parenteau
6. Derivatives Markets: Sources of Vulnerability in US Financial Markets
PART III: FINANCIALIZATION AND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY SYSTEM
7. Financial Globalization, Exchange Rates and International Trade
Robert A. Blecker
8. The Eurodollar Market and the New Era of Global Financialization
9. The Role of the International Monetary System in Financialization
PART IV: CASE STUDIES OF FINANCIALIZATION AND ECONOMIC CRISIS
10. The Rise of the New Money Doctors in Mexico
11. The Making of the Turkish Financial Crisis
Yilmaz Akyuz and Korkut Boratav
12. The Recent Crisis - and Recovery - of the Argentine Economy: Some Elements and Background (pdf)
13. International Liquidity and Growth Fluctuations in Brazil
Nelson H. Barbosa-Filho
14. The Causes and Consequences of Neoliberal Restructuring in Post-Crisis Korea
James Crotty and Kang-Kook Lee
PART IV: POLICY PERSPECTIVES
15. Averting Crisis? Assessing Measures to Manage Financial Integration in Emerging Economies
16. Why International Capital Mobility Should be Curbed and How it Could be Done
17. Applying a Securities Transactions Tax to the US: Design Issues, Market Impact and Revenue Estimates
For Just a Few Dollars, a Big TV and Years of Debt
First thing Friday morning, before anyone showed up to rent a television for the Super Bowl, Deborah Williams walked in the door of the Rent-A-Center store under the Broadway el in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She was delivering $109 in cash, her February payment for a 27-inch television that she is buying over time.
If she does not miss any payments, she will own the television by the summer, for a total of about $900. Such televisions can be bought retail for well under $400, but that would require more money than Deborah Williams can put her hands on at one time.
This is a big week in the television rental business. Fliers were slipped under the doors at the Astoria Houses in Queens that urged people to hurry to the Rent-A-Center on Steinway Street so they could have a big new TV for the football game. Among the offers was a 40-inch Bravia, with payments of $47.51 a week. In 117 weeks, the customer would own the set outright, for $5,558.
My only critique of this article is that it vacillates between the view that the social networking companies could be a repeat of the dot-com bubble and the position that they are not in fact as risky as one might think. I didn’t feel that he fully reconciled those two opposing viewpoints by the end. They explain this discrepancy in terms of the companies being risky for investors but not for the marketplace as a whole, like the dot-coms of six years ago were. One might need a stronger background in investing and business to fully understand the implications of that statement. What I did find useful in this article though was its discussion of the social networking companies, specifically MySpace and Facebook, as major players in the business world. These new media Internet corporations, driven by user inputs, are currently being bought for many millions, and in some cases, billions of dollars. The article questions whether such Internet social networking Websites are a passing fad, but it appears that investors and corporations that buy into them (like Comcast, Viacom, Yahoo!, News Corp) think them stable enough for the time being.
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