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The Great Contraction 1929-1933
Author: Milton Friedman

ISBN: 9780691137940
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17 July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.6
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Friedman and Schwartz's "A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960," published in 1963, stands as one of the most influential economics books of the twentieth century. A landmark achievement, the book marshaled massive historical data and sharp analytics to support the claim that monetary policy--steady control of the money supply--matters profoundly in the management of the nation's economy, especially in navigating serious economic fluctuations. The chapter entitled "The Great Contraction, 1929-33" addressed the central economic event of the century, the Great Depression. Published as a stand-alone paperback in 1965, "The Great Contraction, 1929-1933" argued that the Federal Reserve could have stemmed the severity of the Depression, but failed to exercise its role of managing the monetary system and ameliorating banking panics. The book served as a clarion call to the monetarist school of thought by emphasizing the importance of the money supply in the functioning of the economy--a concept that has come to inform the actions of central banks worldwide.

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