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Economic Perspectives, 33, 4th, 2009
The Recession of 1937—A Cautionary Tale
The U.S. economy is beginning to emerge from a severe economic downturn precipitated by a financial crisis without parallel since the Great Depression. As thoughts turn to the appropriate path of future policy during the recovery, a number of economists have proffered the recession that began in 1937 as a cautionary tale. That sharp but short-lived recession took place while the U.S. economy was recovering from the Great Depression of 1929–33.


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