Dynamics of Bank Panics

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


We looked at the historical event of the 1857 bank panic, but what led up to it? What is the dynamic of a financial structure which creates the historical conditions for a crisis? We noted that the two schools of economics had not achieved a synthesis of their different views on an economy, which divided them. Accordingly, economic theory had not been able to explain why the panic occurred. Next we use the cross-disciplinary approach of societal dynamics to understand how the conditions for the 1857 panic had arisen in the US society. Societal dynamics theory analyzes the history of society as a sequence of “stasis” (stable infrastructures)—each altered in time by a historical event which results in a “change” from the prior infrastructure. This sequence of stasis and change is shown in Fig. 4.1.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Betz
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  1. 1.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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