The Crisis, by Michel Aglietta[Reading report] by Adeline Wattiau


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2010.

The global financial crisis had an on impact all industrialized countries, caused the bankruptcy of several big banks and all economies are now threatened with recession. What events led to such a situation? What are the possible answers in the short and in the long-term for facing this crisis?

Quote article  Adeline Wattiau, « The Crisis, by Michel Aglietta », 23 october 2010, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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