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Quarterly Data on the Categories and Causes of Bank Distress During the Great Depression

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  • Gary Richardson

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During the contraction from 1929 through 1933, the Federal Reserve System tracked changes in the status of all banks operating in the United States and determined the cause of each bank suspension. This essay introduces quarterly series derived from that hitherto dormant data and presents aggregate series constructed from it. The new data series will supplement, and in some cases, supplant the data currently used to study banking panics of the Great Depression, which was published by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 1937.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12715.

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Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Publication status: published as Richardson, Gary. “Quarterly Data on the Categories and Causes of Bank Distress during the Great Depression." Research in Economic History 25 (January 2008): 37-115.
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  1. Gary Richardson & Patrick Van Horn, 2008. "Intensified Regulatory Scrutiny and Bank Distress in New York City During the Great Depression," NBER Working Papers 14120, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Richardson, Gary, 2007. "Categories and causes of bank distress during the great depression, 1929-1933: The illiquidity versus insolvency debate revisited," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 44(4), pages 588-607, October.
  3. Jonathan D. Rose, 2012. "The prolonged resolution of troubled real estate lenders during the 1930s," Finance and Economics Discussion Series, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) 2012-31, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  4. Jonathan D. Rose, 2013. "The Prolonged Resolution of Troubled Real Estate Lenders during the 1930s," NBER Chapters, in: Housing and Mortgage Markets in Historical Perspective, pages 245-284 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Gary Richardson & Patrick Van Horn, 2011. "When the Music Stopped: Transatlantic Contagion During the Financial Crisis of 1931," NBER Working Papers 17437, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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