Reality and Theory

  • Frederick Betz
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Economics book series (BRIEFSECONOMICS)


Bank panics have long been experienced, and even extensively studied, as economic history. Yet the full explanation of panics remains contentious. Why do bank panics occur? How can recovery be made from the recessions triggered by bank panics? Can proper government policy prevent bank panics? Since the nineteenth century, these have been central questions in economics. As the historians have been cross-disciplinary in their views, many social science theoreticians have narrowly constrained their ideas within a single-discipline boundary. Disciplinary theories have partial validity in some contexts. But no disciplinary theory has complete validity in all contexts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Betz
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  1. 1.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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