Investment bubbles and manias?

This data-file tabulates key details of prior investment bubbles, such as their timing, price performance, causes of the boom and causes of the bust. We pick out five factors common to all prior bubbles.

Covered bubbles include the Dutch Tulip mania, British South Sea bubble, French Mississippi bubble, British Railway mania, Roaring Twenties boom, Dot Com and the lead-up to the 2008 Financial Crisis. Each is described in detail.

It is interesting to compare the characteristics of these past bubbles to New Energies today. We argue several transition technologies are at risk of becoming bubbles.

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