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Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy

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Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy

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Winner of the FT Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2010 ‘Excellent … deserve[s] to be widely read' – The Economist Raghuram Rajan was one of a handful of economists who foresaw the massive financial crisis that hit the world in 2008. In Fault Lines, Rajan makes a case for looking beyond the short-sighted blame-game that targets only greedy bankers. There are serious flaws in the global economy, he writes, and an even more debilitating crisis awaits us if those faults are not addressed right now. Rajan demonstrates how the individual choices – made by bankers, government officials and ordinary homeowners – that collectively brought about the economic meltdown were rational responses to a defective global financial order: specifically, a mismatch between the incentives and the dangers involved in taking on risks. He traces the deepening fault lines in a world overly dependent on the indebted American consumer to power economic growth and stave off global downturns. In Fault Lines, Rajan outlines the hard choices that all nations must make to ensure greater stability and lasting prosperity. Importantly, he examines how the Indian development experience differs from that of other fast-growing economies. Despite India's recent successes, he argues that the country must act decisively to maintain its people-oriented growth. This unique development path, he contends, will be a compelling role model – a triumph of rapid growth in a flourishing democracy.

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