Readership: MBA students, PhD students, generally curious, college-educated audience,
could be a supplement to undergraduate, MBA, and PhD courses in Money and Banking, Capital Markets, Macroeconomics, or Monetary Economics.
Gary B. Gorton, Frederick Frank Class of 1954 Professor of Finance, Yale University
Gary B. Gorton is Professor of Finance for the Yale School of Management, previously taught at Wharton for 24 years, and worked in the Federal Reserve System. He is also a former consultant to AIG Financial Products.
"Gorton's book contains extensive insights into the crisis, and anyone interested in undertanding what went wrong and why is recommended to read it." - Bill Allen, THE BUSINESS ECONOMIST, Vol 42, No 2
"Slapped by the Invisible Hand is essential to understanding the deep weakness in the banking sector that led to the financial crisis. Like consumer banks before the Great Depression, the 'shadow banking market' is vulnerable to runs and panics and hysteria, and we are all, in turn, vulnerable to it. By looking beyond this financial crisis to the systemic flaws that make us vulnerable to all sorts of crises, Gary Gorton has created a
necessary guidebook for what's happened, and what needs to be done." - Ezra Klein, Washington Post
"Gorton has produced the clearest account yet of what has happened...Slapped By the Invisible Hand is not a conventional retrospective. Instead it is a real-time chronicle of what the authorities were told at key points in the drama by a practitioner who was steeped in the history of banking as well...it is a major contribution." - David Warsh, Economic Principals
"It's must-reading for anyone who wants to understand the recent economic unpleasantness." - Matthew Yglesias, Think Progress
"Gary Gorton has written an
important book, one that clearly identifies the issues surrounding the recent financial crisis and separates them from the ongoing macroeconomic policy turmoil...quite an accomplishment, given that many of us are still trying to figure out happened in earlier panics and crises... By narrowly focusing on the events and institutions of the Panic of 2007, how the economy got to where it is today becomes much clearer." - EH.net
"Think about it. If porcine greed, by itself, is enough to crash the financial sector, why doesn't Wall Street crash every year? For that matter, why should the crash of the subprime market result in a recession so much worse than the one that
followed, say, the dotcom bubble? To answer these questions, you should read [this] book." - National Post
"Scholars like Gorton do not get enough attention as we try to understand what caused the crisis and how to prevent a repeat he is one of the people that will play an important role in shaping reform." - TheStreet.com
"The definitive history of the 2007 meltdown." - The Electric Review
"Slapped by the Invisible Hand is certainly "groundbreaking", it is also technical...[If you] have longed to understand the difference between CDO and CDS, and MBS and SPV, then this could still be the book for you." -
Victoria Bateman, Times Higher Education Supplement.
2.: Slapped in the Face by the Invisible Hand: Banking and the Panic of 2007 (the Jekyll Island paper)
3.: The Panic of 2007: Part 1 (Part 1 of the Jackson Hole paper)
4.: The Panic of 2007: Part 2 (Part 2 of the Jackson Hole paper)
Appendix A: A Brief Chronology of the Events of the Panic of 2007
Appendix B: Main Structured Investment Vehicle Outcomes
5.: Bank Regulation When "Banks" and "Banking" are Not the Same
6.: A Note to Those Reading this in 2107