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The Banking Panics of the Great Depression

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    This is the first full-length study of five US banking panics of the Great Depression. Previous studies of the Depression have approached the banking panics from a macroeconomic viewpoint; Professor Wicker fills a lacuna in current knowledge by reconstructing a close historical narrative of each of the panics, investigating their origins, magnitude, and effects. He makes a detailed analysis of the geographical incidence of the disturbances using the Federal Reserve District as the basic unit, and reappraises the role of Federal Reserve officials in the panics. His findings challenge many of the commonly held assumptions about the events of 1930 and 1931, for example the belief that the increase in the discount rate in October 1931 initiated a wave of bank suspensions and hoarding. This meticulous account will be of wide interest to students of the Great Depression, monetary and financial historians, financial economists and macroeconomists.

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    This book is provided by Cambridge University Press in its series Cambridge Books with number 9780521663465 and published in 2001.

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    Cited by:
    1. Hubert Janos Kiss & Ismael Rodriguez-Lara & Alfonso Rosa-Garcia, 2012. "Do Social Networks Prevent Bank Runs?," Discussion Papers in Economic Behaviour 0812, University of Valencia, ERI-CES.
    2. Markus Kinateder & Hubert Janos Kiss, 2013. "Sequential decisions in the Diamond-Dybvig banking model," IEHAS Discussion Papers 1345, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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