oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Origins of economic instability: real, financial or both? Part I: an account of Minsky's Financial Instability Hypothesis

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8812
  • E-ISSN: 2222-3436



The 1990s have put the issue of global economic stability under the spotlight. This calls for a re-examination of the economic theory surrounding the subject. Here a three-fold classification is useful. The first grouping locates the source of stability in the workings of the real sector of the economy. A second, following Hyman Minsky, contends that instability arises in the financial sector. A third grouping draws on a distinction by Schumpeter to argue that any effective analysis of stability or instability requires a theoretical framework that integrates both the real and financial sectors at the most basic level. In the light of the current financial crisis which originated in South-East Asia, the second grouping appears most relevant. Part II will give an appraisal of Minsky's theory.

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