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Dekade Keserakahan: Era '90-an dan Awal Mula Petaka Ekonomi Dunia

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Edisi Indonesia The Roaring Nineties. Dilengkapi pengantar khusus Stiglitz untuk edisi Indonesia.


Runtuhnya komunisme di awal dekade ’90-an membuat kapitalisme disanjung sebagai satu-satunya sistem ekonomi yang sahih. Program-program pasar bebas dan deregulasi pun digencarkan oleh AS di dalam dan luar negeri. Pertumbuhan ekonomi memang melonjak, tapi tak lama. Hanya dalam b
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Published 2006 by Marjin Kiri (first published 2003)
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Buku yang meledak-ledak, lugas dan garang dalam membuktikan bahwa globalisasi dan pasar bebas sbg upaya peningkatan taraf ekonomi negara berkembang hanyalah mitos. Keduanya justru adalah alat kolonialisasi modern negara Barat dalam menguras kekayaan negara berkembang.

Ditulis seorang pemenang Nobel Ekonomi--saya benar-benar setuju :)-- secara blak-blakan buku ini mengupas tajam betapa meski sistem ekonomi saat ini terlihat canggih, modern, dan maju, tersimpan borok-borok keserakahan yang menggero
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Karen
Oct 22, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I learned a few interesting things from this book, but overall it was too polemical with too little detail about the actual events I hoped he had witnessed in his time on the Council of Economic Advisers and at the World Bank, and would share in the book.

I agree with a lot of his opinions as expressed in this book, but would have preferred to learn more actual facts, and to have the opinions accompanied by more discussion of the unfolding of actual events in ways that support his opinions. The w
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Ellen
Oct 01, 2011 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling "prequel" to the financial disaster of the late 2000s - Stiglitz makes plain what was wrong with the U.S. financial system in the 1990s, especially in terms of executive compensation incentives and the way the U.S., through the IMF, pushed other countries to take stern measures that we weren't willing to undertake ourselves. As I read this, I couldn't help but see the inevitability of the financial mess of 2008 and wonder at how little we've done to change the incentives.

This is a
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Cameron
Aug 05, 2007 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best history of the 1990s that I have read anywhere. Joe Stiglitz has a bit of a reputation as an iconoclast (deservedly so) which can lead to a somewhat polemical writing style, but this is more evenhanded treatment of the subject matter. Stiglitz's insight as an economist are excellent and his access is outstanding: he was a member of Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and later the Chief Economist at the World Bank (from which he was later fired for his outspoken views about t ...more
John
Sep 12, 2010 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very illluminating book by a Noble Prize winning Economist who actually uses basic intelligible English words to describe the worlds of finance and government policy. He is an unabshed gung-ho Clinton partisan and proudly boasts about that Administrations economic legacy. Clinton actually did hire some smart economists like Stiglits and Lawrence Summers buy they have to take some of the blame (along with Alan Greenspan) for the massive financial deregulation that led to excesses and ultimately t ...more
Brian Sobolak
Enjoyed it, mostly. I liked that I finally heard a criticism of policies I intrinsically didn't trust framed using the same language as the original argument. (I mean to say: it's nice to hear an economist criticize market policies using economics to do so.) That was truly enlightening -- like the world in some small way went from 2D to 3D--it was really that enlightening.

But he could do a little better to admit he might have ever been wrong about anything -- too much of the book sounded like "W
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Ayan Dutta
Jan 25, 2016 Ayan Dutta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book by Stiglitz is a joy to read given his ability to translate complex economic theory to lay term .

Coming to the book, this is a follow up to his book on globalization ( he dedicates a chapter on globalization though) . He brings out all that went wrong in the so called roaring nineties from deregulation , flawed policies by the Fed , unscrupulous accounting , gaps in risk management, banking issues . What makes this book such a compelling read us that , you can relate a lot of the curren
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Minesh Mathew
Stiglitz shares his experiences, as the chair of the council of the economic advisors, in the Clinton administration, and tries to explain in simpler words how the voodoo economics promoted by the Republicans resulted in the 1991 recession. He explains in details, how downsizing the government, and flawed accounting practices along with the deregulation in the banking and financial sector resulted in an economic downturn. He writes a great deal about the choice of deficit reduction as a means to ...more
lucia di poi
Apr 24, 2007 lucia di poi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing in-depth analysis of the economic disfunction and corruption of the 90's, and how Bush has not only not learned the lessons but gone out of his way to avoid them with his corporate aid and foreign policy agenda. Talks only a little about the globalization aspect of it, but one of my next books will definitely be Stiglitz'
"Globalization and its Discontents". It's really well written, and those not well-versed on economic theory may take longer to read but its totally accessible, while at
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Sambasivan
Jun 04, 2016 Sambasivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books on economics that I have read in a long time. With crystal clarity, the author tears apart the whole ecosystem of the nexus between the corporates, bankers and politicians in the U.S. This has been the root cause of the various financial disasters including that of Enron.

The author champions the cause of balance between laissez faire and government oversight and I tend to agree with this as it would reduce the inequalities and create a balanced and inhabitable worl
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Sebastian Uribe
Feb 07, 2013 Sebastian Uribe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una magistral cronica de una epoca turbulenta y engañosa como los 90 por parte de uno de los mejores economistas y pensadores de nuestro tiempo. Increible como los errores se repitieron en la decada pasada de nuevo. Codicia, egoismo y mentiras. Mas que un libro de economia, por momentos parece un thriller policial.
Matt
Mar 13, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not always an easy read, makes you come away thinking of Clinton as a superhero. I enjoyed the depth it went to in some parts (this was the first definitive account of the 1990s Id read), and the sense of foreboding he leaves you with is compelling when taken in light of the GFC of 2008-09.
Patrick
This book does a fair job of analyzing some of what happened in the 90's. I think we can say today, that we are seeing how prosperous we really were. It also does a good job of pointing out how much capital was squandered by private firms during the tech bubble.
Jessica
Jan 29, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening explanation of the boom and bust of the 1990s. Sound economic reasoning, but written in layman's terms so that anyone who has an interest in understanding the macroeconomic issues of this era can easily digest this book.
Dinesh singh rawat
I couldn't understand this book probably.But as far as I can understand this book is more about America's growth in Nineties and problem associated with that Growth. That fast growth problems surfaced in early two thousand.
Nemo
Feb 03, 2009 Nemo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a great thought-provoking book. J's insights are particularly fit with what's happening right now in the States. Though his prediction of recession ending by 08 seems out of date.
Joe Kaiser
Nov 15, 2009 Joe Kaiser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely essential for anyone who wants to dodder on about socialism, the free market, executive bonuses, or anything else i didnt understand before this book.
Maisya Farhati
still reading, but it's a little bit complicated if we read without basic knowledge in economic theory
Leon Franklin
A Keynesian way to solve the capitalism decai
Toesnorth's mom
good, but mostly over my head
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Autohagiography
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Jun 04, 2016 Setadipa rated it really liked it
terstruktur, analisis jeli dari data empiris, masih mau dg sistem kapitalis...?
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Joseph Eugene Stiglitz, ForMemRS, FBA, is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979). He is also the former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He is known for his critical view of the management of globalization, free-market economists (whom h ...more
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“A lot of things went wrong in the nineties, and the footprints of the banks can be found at the scene of one suspicious deed after another. Investment banks are supposed to provide information that leads to a better allocation of resources. Instead, all too often, they trafficked in distorted or inaccurate information, and participated in schemes that helped others distort the information they provided and enriched others at shareholders’ expense. The offenses of Enron and WorldCom—and of Citigroup and Merrill Lynch—put most acts of political crookedness to shame. The typical corrupt government official pockets a measly few thousand dollars—at most, a few million. The scale of theft achieved by the ransacking of Enron, WorldCom, and other corporations in the nineties was in the billions of dollars—greater than the GDP of some nations.” 1 likes
“During the nineties a new culture had developed, one in which firms focused on the bottom line—today’s profits, not long-run profits—and took quick and decisive actions when they faced problems. Firms that kept on workers when they were no longer needed were viewed as softhearted and softheaded. “Chain-saw Al” Dunlap, Sunbeam’s CEO, who got a reputation for axing workers and cutting costs with a new ruthlessness, may have been an extreme case, but he was emblematic of the new culture. Fire workers as soon as it is clear that you don’t need them. You can always hire them back again later. Firm loyalty—either of workers to their firm or the firm to its workers—were values of a bygone era. This meant that employment fell far more quickly as the economy went into the downturn.” 1 likes
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