Why Economists Failed to Predict the Financial Crisis

A sense that they failed to see the financial crisis brewing has led to soul searching among many economists. While some did warn that home prices were forming a bubble, others confess to a widespread failure to predict the damage the bubble would cause when it burst. Some economists are harsher, arguing that a free-market bias in the profession, coupled with outmoded and simplistic analytical tools, blinded many of their colleagues to the danger. A recent paper from a conference of economists calls for changes in the way they are trained.Read More