Guðrún Johnsen skrifar bók um hrunið.
Á dögunum kom út bók Guðrúnar Johnsen fjármálahagfræðings við Háskóla Íslands sem ber heitið, Bringing down the banking system – Lessons from Iceland. Palgrave-MacMillan útgáfan gefur út.
Á vefsíðu útgáfunar segir meðal annars svo um bókina:
Fall þriggja stærstu banka Íslands árið 2008 er þriðja stærsta gjaldþrot sögunnar og stærsta bankahrun sem nokkur þjóð í okkar efnahagssamtímasögu hefur orðið fyrir. Hvernig gat litla Ísland byggt upp bankakerfi á aðeins tíu árum sem hlutfallslega varð stærra en bankakerfið í Sviss? Hvers vegna lá bankamönnunum svona á? Hvernig gátu fyrirtæki dælt peningum út úr bönkunum? Og hvers vegna stoppaði þá enginn? Bók Guðrúnar Johnsen…, Bringing Down the Banking System svarar þessum spurningum.
Guðrún er menntuð fjármálahagfræðingur og hefur m.a starfað við Alþjóðagjaldeyrissjóðinn og vann með Rannsóknarnefnd Alþingis við rannsókn á falli bankanna.
Stefán Ólafsson prófessor skrifaði grein á vef Pressunnar um bókina og fyrirlestur sem hann sat í Háskóla Íslands s.l. fimmtudag vegna útkomu bókarinnar. Stefán segir þar meðal annars:
Guðrún spyr réttu spurninganna í bók sinni: hvernig gerðist þetta, hvers vegna, af hverju komu stjórnvöld ekki í veg fyrir óheillaþróunina; hver er lærdómurinn?
Hér má sjá þær umsagnir sem bókin hefur þegar hlotið:
„This is a book that had to be written. The story of the rise and fall of the Icelandic banking system is not only of interest to Icelanders, it contains many important lessons for the global community. Although most of the mistakes made in Iceland may not have been unique, more or less everything that could go wrong did. The book should be required reading for anyone involved in banking or regulation.“
– Gylfi Magnússon, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Iceland; Minister of Economic Affairs, Iceland, 2009-2010
„This book provides a detailed, clear and refreshingly candid account of the Icelandic financial crisis. It will be a useful reference with valuable lessons for policy makers…and a sober reminder to strengthen financial supervision during times of strong credit growth.“
– Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund; former Vice President, Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, Turkey
„Iceland was the proverbial canary. When its financial system collapsed it was a clear sign there was something very wrong not only in Iceland but in the world financial system as a whole. This book provides an inside view of the story of the Icelandic collapse, with strong analytic insights and a rare inside perspective. It is an important contribution to our understanding of the international financial system in the first decade of the century.“
– Charles Enoch, Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund
„Johnsen presents an authoritative account of Iceland’s financial debacle, based on the findings of Iceland’s Special Investigation Commission. This intuitive and perceptive writing on the findings is both engaging and exciting. No future writer on this episode will be able to ignore Johnsen’s account.“
– Gylfi Zoega, Professor of Economics, University of Iceland; Coauthor, Preludes to the Icelandic Financial Crisis
„This book delivers an urgent warning about the critical importance of controlling risk and incentives in banking. If those who benefit from risk don’t bear more downside, they are likely to become reckless. When regulation and supervision fail, economies can come down, inflicting suffering on many. Iceland was extreme and the details are shocking, but similar dangers lurk everywhere, and we must tend to them before too late.“
– Anat Admati, Professor of Finance and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA; Coauthor, The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do About It
„Iceland was the most extreme example of a boom and bust in the international financial crisis that started in 2007. This book provides an excellent account of what exactly happened. It should be read by all those interested in the crisis, including scholars as well as practitioners.“
– Franklin Allen, Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA
„A fascinating and nuanced account of the implosion of the Icelandic banking system in the Fall of 2008, drawing on official investigations and primary sources not previously available to outside scholars and policy makers.“
– Howell E. Jackson, James S. Reid, Jr., Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, USA
„Johnsen had a unique view into the Icelandic crisis, and has written a terrific book that is a must-read for anyone trying to understand what happened there.“
– Andrew Metrick, Michael H. Jordan Professor of Finance and Management, Yale School of Management, USA