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The prelude and global impact of the Great Depression: evidence from a new macroeconomic dataset

Albers, Thilo Nils Hendrik (2018) The prelude and global impact of the Great Depression: evidence from a new macroeconomic dataset. Explorations in Economic History, 70. pp. 150-163. ISSN 0014-4983

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.eeh.2018.08.004


Based on a novel dataset of about 1150 time series, this study provides monthly economic activity estimates for 28 countries during the Great Depression. Due to their high frequency, the indices reveal that steady growth was far from universal even in the second half of the 1920s. Monetary and financial instability, agricultural crises, and labor conflict continued to plague economies around the globe. The high frequency of the data also facilitates a global comparison of the severity of the Great Depression along two dimensions: the cumulative loss and duration. The variation along these two dimensions across and within countries indicates a rising importance of the trade channel at the later stages of the crisis. Finally, the study highlights promising avenues for future research on the Great Depression.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier Inc
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles > E32 - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit > E58 - Central Banks and Their Policies
N - Economic History > N1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations > N14 - Europe: 1913-
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 14:15
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 01:21

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