It's the Same Old Song: Robert Z. Aliber on Manias, Panics, and Crashes

International Roundtable

June 26, 2014: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Those of us who have been students and adherents of Bob Aliber know that he has studied manias, panics, and crashes in the global economy for many decades.


Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:



300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)

$8.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period

Garage: Self Park Facility

Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $8.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:

Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.

a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street

If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

In his forthcoming book, The Source of Financial Crisis, Dr. Aliber asserts that the financial meltdown of 2008 was quite predictable - the same old song - as it was the fourth wave of financial crisis since the early 1980s. If the patterns and trajectory of meltdowns are so similar from one wave to another, why is the current international currency arrangement still dysfunctional and is a fifth wave only a matter of time? Why did Iceland ride the roller coaster from boom to bust, and is China's property boom on the verge of a bust?

Join the International Roundtable for a spirited presentation of Dr. Aliber's provocative assertion that international financial crises are inevitable as long as booms accelerate unsustainable levels of frenzy and lead to myopic behavior that obscure the eventual adjustment to equilibrium...just as Charles Kindleberger and Bob Aliber have been saying for decades in Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, now in its sixth edition.

If we're lucky, Dr. Aliber might be persuaded to hum a few lines from 'It's the Same Old Song,' the hit song by Motown legend the Four Tops.


No Charge


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Karl L. Buschmann

847 310 0412

Linda Chow

630 673 3256

Sophia Kholodenko

773 702 0783

Ernie Norrman

847 322 7227

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Upcoming Sessions

Mark your calendar for upcoming International Roundtable sessions on the third Thursday of the month in 2014.

Deadline: 6/26/2014


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Drinks at The Midway Club, Fifth Floor

Speaker Profiles

Robert Z. Aliber (Speaker)
Professor Emeritus, Boothe School of Business, The University of Chicago


Karl L. Buschmann 
847 310 0412

Other Information


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