Economics and the public welfare: a financial and economic history of the United States, 1914-1946
In the turbulent years between passage of the Federal Reserve Act (1913) and the Bretton Woods Agreement (1945), the peoples of the Western world suffered two World Wars, two major and several minor international financial panics, an epidemic of currency devaluations and debt repudiations, civil wars, and revolutions. They also enjoyed a decade of unprecedented prosperity and a decade of unprecedented depression and deflation. They also saw the beginning of a period of prolonged, world-wide inflation. No period in history could serve better as a case study for the analysis of applied economic policy. From his vantage point as economist for the Chase Manhattan Bank and editor of the Chase Economic Bulletin, who participated in much of what he records, Dr. Anderson here describes the climactic events of a turbulent era. Arthur Kempis Professor Emeritus of Economics at Claremont McKenna College.
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Anderson worked for Chase Bank, and had a front seat while various financial events were unfolding. A one-time Roosevelt supporter, he was quickly disillusioned where FDR abandoned most of his campaign promises and started his radical experiments and undermining of the constitution. As a practicing economist, Anderson does not have a "model" to push. This makes the book a bit more empiricist in approach than I would have liked, but better this than the other extreme of reality-detached abstraction. I consider this an essential book for anyone studying the Great Depression. This is not a light-weight book either, so skip it if all you want is an overview of causes.
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