Some economists saw signals of the coming economic troubles in advance of them happening.
Robert Shiller of Yale University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current housing mess and related financial market problems.
Shiller argues that the decade-long run up in housing prices was a bubble where speculative fervor outweighed any economic fundamentals. He also discusses the genesis of the Case-Shiller housing price index and his idea for how it might be used to reduce risk in the mortgage market.
Note: This podcast was recorded on September 5, 2008, days before Secretary of the Treasury Paulson put Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship.