Eu escrevi aqui que a recessão de 2008 ia ser tão mixuruca que nem chegaria a merecer um nome. Mas quando o grande historiador econômico Nick Crafts se junta aos que a chamam de Grande Recessão, parece que o nome veio para ficar. (Bem, basta saber se a alcunha sobreviver no longo prazo. Afinal, até a década de 30, a "Grande Depressão" se referia à crise de 1873-1896. E A Grande Depressão também já foi chamada de Great Slump) De qualquer forma, sugiro a leitura do texto do Crafts que conclui:
"Two cheers for economists
It can be argued that from the autumn of 2008, economics and economic history had a good crisis. Some of the lessons of the 1930s had been well learned, especially by the Federal Reserve led by Ben Bernanke, a scholar who has made seminal contributions to research on the period. Aggressive policy responses prevented a collapse of the banking system and injected fiscal and monetary stimulus, which limited the downturn. Similar actions in 1930/1 would have averted the economic catastrophe that followed for the US, but then the economic analysis available to policymakers was not up to the task.
Two cheers for economists are in order. They were complacent before the financial crisis, but they did know enough to limit its impact so that the outcome was the Great Recession and not a Great Depression."