Lehman’s bankruptcy: putting the cart before the horse?

Update Mar 2009: There is a pernicious little piece of historical revisionism going around that the Lehman bankuptcy did not matter. I am reposting this as a retort.

Note the piece by James Suriowiecki which induced me to re-post:

In the past few days, though, a new meme has started circulating through the economics blogosphere, suggesting that Lehman’s failure actually did not wreak the havoc that everyone who lived through last September thought it did. This argument, which was floated by the well-respected macroeconomist Willem Buiter on Friday, is based on a paper from last November by the Stanford economist John Taylor, which purports to show (pdf) that the credit markets actually did not react all that badly to Lehman going under and that the crisis was really the product of market uncertainty about the effects of government action.

Below is the original post from 16 Sep 2008.

Update Mar 2009: There is a pernicious little piece of historical revisionism going around that the Lehman bankuptcy did not matter. I am reposting this as a retort.

Note the piece by James Suriowiecki which induced me to re-post:
In the past few days, though, a new meme has started circulating through the economics blogosphere, suggesting that Lehman’s failure actually did not wreak the havoc that everyone who lived through last September thought it did. This argument, which was floated by the well-respected macroeconomist Willem Buiter on Friday, is based on a paper from last November by the Stanford economist John Taylor, which purports to show (pdf) that the credit markets actually did not react all that badly to Lehman going under and that the crisis was really the product of market uncertainty about the effects of government action.

Below is the original post from 16 Sep 2008.
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