2012-09-10businessinsider.com

``Over the 138-year timeframe Mr Taylor finds crisis preceded by the development of excess credit, as in Ireland and Spain today, are more common than crisis underpinned by excessive government borrowing, like in Greece. Fiscal strains in themselves do not tend to result in financial crisis.

When the boom period of credit expansion is coupled with growth in public-sector borrowing, however, the subsequent negative impact on the economy will be worse. Why? When a crash occurs, governments will not have the fiscal capacity to buffer the crisis due to their already stretched borrowing levels. Instead, they become forced to retrench and adopt austerity measures--which tend to drag on growth further, prolonging recession.''


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