Skip to main content

Money, Finance, and the Real Economy

What Has Gone Wrong?

By Anton Brender, Florence Pisani, and Emile Gagna

Money matters… but so does finance! Starting with the link between money and economic activity, this study shows how today’s financial systems have shaped the way that monetary policy is transmitted to the real economy. The information gathering and decisionmaking processes within the financial system play a key role in determining both how credit is allocated and how the risks implied by credit are borne. The study points to what went wrong during the credit boom of the 2000s, which was the counterpart to a huge accumulation of savings, concentrated mainly in emerging economies. This accumulation could well continue. Making better use of the coming savings is a challenge that authorities will have to meet if they want finance to better serve the real economy.

Get daily updates from Brookings