The Causes of Economic Fluctuations: Possibilities of Anticipation and Control

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CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 PAGE
INTRODUCTION3

Forces Underlying Business Instability. The Influences of Economic Institutions. -- Actual versus Supposed Self-Interest. Dynamic Forces in Economic Life. Types of Changes in Economic Life. The Tendency Toward Equilibrium. Price the Balancing Factor. Universal Presence of Maladjustments.

CHAPTER 2
CHARACTERISTICS OF BUSINESS DEPRESSIONS20

Depressions in Earlier Times. Depressions of a New Type. Suddenness of Onset Characterizing New Type Depressions. Notable Speculative Booms and Panics. The Cause of the Panic. Depressions Usually Follow Booms. Why Speculation Leads to Depression. The Self-Generating Nature of Depressions. Why Depression Affects Some Industries Far More Than Others. The Effect of Depression Upon Creditors. The Effect of Depression Upon Banking Activity. Money Panics. Relationship of Liquid Assets to Bank Solvency. Runs, Bank Failures, and Depressions. The Effect of the Depression Upon the Productivity of Labor. Depressions and Economic Quackery. Depression and Relief. Depression as a Source of Riot and Revolution. Depression Pattern Same at Different Times and Places. Depressions Not Inescapable.

CHAPTER 3
RECORD OF BUSINESS DEPRESSIONS IN THE UNITED STATES49

Production in an Ideal Planned Economy. Capitalism and Instability in Production. How Business Fluctuates. The Concept of Normal Compared to Full Employment. Comparison of Business Movements in Various Countries. Comparative Recency of Modern-Type Business Fluctuations. Dates of Crises in the United States. The Panic of 1819. The 1837 Crisis and the Following Depression. The 1857 Crisis. The Crisis of 1865. The Crisis of 1873. The 1884

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Charts xiii
  • Chapter 1 - INTRODUCTION 3
  • References 18
  • Chapter 2 - CHARACTERISTICS OF BUSINESS DEPRESSIONS 20
  • References 47
  • Chapter 3 - RECORD OF BUSINESS DEPRESSIONS IN THE UNITED STATES 49
  • References 72
  • Chapter 4 - MISLEADING EXPLANATIONS OF THE ORIGINS OF DEPRESSIONS 74
  • References 107
  • Chapter 5 - INADEQUATE EXPLANATIONS OF THE ORIGINS OF DEPRESSIONS 109
  • References 124
  • Chapter 6 - THE DEPRESSION CULTURE-MEDIUM 125
  • REFFRENCES 134
  • Chapter 7 - THE DEPRESSION'S ORIGIN 138
  • References 168
  • Chapter 8 - FORCES TENDING TO ACCENTUATE AND PROLONG DEPRESSIONSS 169
  • References 194
  • Chapter 9 - INEFFECTIVE WAYS OF COMBATING DEPRESSION 196
  • References 207
  • Chapter 10 - FORCES COMMONLY TENDING TO END DEPRESSION 209
  • References 222
  • Chapter 11 - CYCLES 223
  • References 244
  • Chapter 12 - THE POSSIBILITY OF FORECASTING BUSINESS FLUCTUATIONS 247
  • References 263
  • Chapter 13 - SOCIAL COST OF UNSTABLE PRODUCTION 266
  • References 279
  • Chapter 14 - WAYS TO MINIMIZE DEPRESSION 282
  • References 311
  • Chapter 15 - WAYS TO MINIMIZE DEPRESSION (CONTINUED) 313
  • References 337
  • Index 339
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