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Famous First Bubbles: the Fundamentals of Early Manias

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Author: Peter M. Garber

Publisher: MIT Press

Year Printed: 2000

Edition: First

Printing: Second

Condition: Good

eBook: None

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Pages: 163

Height: 8.25 inches

Width: 5.5 inches

Notes: Hardcover; Dust Jacket

In this book Garber offers market-fundamental explanations for the three most famous bubbles: the Dutch Tulipmania (1634-1637), the Mississippi Bubble (1719-1720), and the closely connected South Sea Bubble (1720). He focuses most closely on the Tulipmania because it is the event that most modern observers view as clearly crazy. Comparing the pattern of price declines for initially rare eighteenth-century bulbs to that of seventeenth-century bulbs, he concludes that the extremely high prices for rare bulbs and their rapid decline reflects normal pricing behavior. In the cases of the Mississippi and South Sea Bubbles, he describes the asset markets and financial manipulations involved in these episodes and casts them as market fundamentals.

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