American Business Cycles 1889-1913: An Accounting Approach
Dou Jiang and
Mark Weder ()
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Dou Jiang: Nanjing University of Finance and Economics
Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University
This paper quantitatively investigates the Depression of the 1890s and the 1907 recession in the United States. Business Cycle Accounting decomposes economic fluctuations into their contributing factors. The results suggest that both the 1890s and the 1907 recessions were primarily caused by factors that affect the efficiency wedge, i.e. slumps in the economy’s factor productivity. Distortions to the labor wedge played a less important role. Models with financial market frictions that translate into the efficiency wedge are the most promising candidates for explaining the recessionary episodes.
Keywords: Business cycles; Depression of the 1890s; Recession of 1907 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E32 E44 N11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: American business cycles 1889–1913: An accounting approach (2021)
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