Inside Job

For alle som er interessert i å lære om bakgrunnen for finanskrisen, men synes det blir litt tungvindt å lese bøker, ukeblad, avisartikler eller høre på radio er løsningen rett rundt hjørnet. Filmen er på tur. Jeg vet ikke når Inside Job kommer til Norge, men ser den er ute 17. november her i Frankrike. I følge de anmeldelsene jeg har lest er den absolutt verdt å få med seg. Her er Feilx Salmon:


What Ferguson has achieved here is an extremely impressive balancing act: while his explanations are clear-eyed and accurate, he’s never content to simply tell us what happened. He also takes pains to constantly remind us that people did this and that nearly all of them are still relaxing in plutocratic comfort even as millions of workers in America and around the world have seen their lives destroyed by the effects of the crisis.



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A great Pixar movie manages to do two things at once: it entertains and delights the kids, while also giving their parents a fresh view of life with a remarkably adult perspective. Inside Job is similar, in a way: if you don’t really understand what happened during the financial crisis, it will explain that to you very clearly. If you do know what happened during the financial crisis, however, it will do something else: it will rekindle the anger and dudgeon that you might well have lost over the past three years of being buried in the financial weeds.



Av klippene som er publisert er vel dette, siden jeg er akademiker, det mest interessante. Professor Ric Mishkin fra Columbia Business School om artikkelen “Financial Stability in Iceland“. En advarsel om at ikke all oppdragsforskning trenger å være like uavhengig kanskje.

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Vi får håpe Professor Andrew Angs evaluering av sin oppdragsgiver i forbindelse med rapporten om oljefondet ikke blir med på en eventuell norsk versjonen av filmen (tatt fra “The Four Benchmarks of Sovereign Wealth Funds“):


One shining example of success is Norway’s SWF (oljefondet). The professionalism and expertise of both the Ministry of Finance Asset Management Department, which oversees the SWF, and the fund’s manager, NBIM, are outstanding and this is reflected in the excellent financial performance, low costs, and attention to investment management issues of special concern to Norway, such as ethical investing, corporate governance, and social issues.

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