The Initiative on Global Markets (IGM) and the Stigler Center are organizing a conference on the causes, as well as the key players and mechanisms, of the 2008 financial crisis.



On September 15, 2018, it will be 10 years since Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11, throwing the U.S. and much of the world into the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. The financial crisis has since reshaped economies, financial markets, and politics—and its effects are still being felt ten years later. What caused the crisis, however, is still a matter of some debate among economists and policymakers, with most pointing to series of factors that contributed to the crisis, among them excessive debt and risk taking and a failure by government agencies to properly regulate financial markets.


On September 14-15, 2018, the Initiative on Global Markets (IGM) and the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business will mark the tenth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis by holding a conference on the causes of the crisis, as well as the key players and mechanisms that played a part in it. Ahead of the conference, which will take place in Chicago, we are soliciting proposals for papers to be presented at the conference. 


Suitable topics include (but are not limited to):


  • Fraud in Mortgages
  • Credit Agencies’ Mistakes
  • Regulatory and Supervisory Failures
  • Accounting, Disclosure, and Audit Failures
  • Flawed Expectations about House Prices
  • Global Savings
  • Glut/Global Imbalances/Demand for Safe Assets
  • Excessively Loose Monetary Policy


The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by November 30, 2017. More details can be found here


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