Leszek Balcerowicz, a former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland (1989-1991; 1997-2000) and a former President of the National Bank of Poland (2001-2007).

Episodes like the current financial crisis seriously disrupt economic growth. But the question that we should be asking concerns such episodes impact on longer-term development. And that question has attracted surprisingly little interest. >>
Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business at New York University and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics

While there is much talk about de-leveraging as the crisis wanes, the reality is that private-sector debt ratios have stabilized at very high levels. >>
Robert Shiller, a Professor of Economics at Yale and chief economist at MacroMarkets LLC, is the author of The Subprime Solution: How Todays Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It.

Few economists predicted the current economic crisis, and there is little agreement among them about its ultimate causes. So, not surprisingly, economists are not in a good position to forecast how quickly it will end, either. >>
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