Anything Good In The Harvard Business Review?


Just this:

“The parallels between Spain and Ireland are striking. Just like Ireland, Spain had a credit boom financed mostly with external debt, which meant that the balance sheets of their banks are now stuffed with bad debts as asset values collapse. Both governments have now injected billions into these ailing banks, to the detriment of their respective debt profiles.

“The Spanish Prime Minister has become preoccupied with creating market confidence, as was the Irish Prime Minister in the run up to the EU/IMF bailout. Confidence talk may buy some time, but ultimately it doesn’t make the problem go away. The accent heard today in Madrid has a distinct Irish lilt to it. The script is the same. First, deny the problem. Second, underplay its size. Third, look for external help to solve it once you have promised what you cannot deliver.”

‘Spain Making Same Mistakes As Ireland’ (Mark Blyth and Stephen Kinsella, Harvard Business Review)

7 thoughts on “Anything Good In The Harvard Business Review?

  1. Carlos

    Only difference is that size of Spanish banking debt relative to economy nothing compared to Ireland

    1. woesinger

      Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. Or in this case prideful stupidity.

  2. Jimmy

    Harvard’s approach to teaching economics is questionable –

    …and the place is run by people who unashamedly bed with big banking. Their portrayal of the sovereign thievery carried out for these banks by Spain and Ireland’s governments as a simple piece of bufoonery is a lie designed to distract you from the fact that they are actual conspirators in robbery on a grand scale.

    The transfer of trillions of euros into private banks from the citizens of Europe is not an act of stupidity.

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