Debt and Deleveraging; The Global Credit Bubble and its Economic Consequences

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The recent bursting of the great global credit bubble not only led to the first worldwide recession since the 1930s but also left an enormous burden of debt that now weighs on the prospects for recovery. Today, government and business leaders are facing the twin questions of how to prevent similar crises in the future and how to guide their economies through the looming and lengthy process of debt reduction, or deleveraging.

McKinsey Global Institute launched a research effort to understand the growth of debt and leverage before the crisis in different countries, the economic consequences of deleveraging, and the practical implications for policy makers, financial regulators, and business executives. This analysis adds new details to the picture of how leverage grew around the world before the crisis and how the process of reducing it could unfold.

To report is available for download from the Mckinsey website.