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The U.S. Embargo Act of 1807: Its Impact on New England Money, Banking, and Economic Activity


  • Fenstermaker, J Van
  • Filer, John E


For half a century, economists have debated the impact of the Embargo Act of 1807 on the U.S. economy. Using New England bank statistics and the weekly prices of financial assets traded in the Boston market, hypotheses generated by a real business cycle model are tested. The study concludes that the embargo significantly affected the levels of real and nominal bank loans, the real and nominal money stock, and current financial asset yields. Also, increased monetary and banking activity in Maine during the period supports the long-standing hypothesis that the embargo caused an increase in smuggling activity. Copyright 1990 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Fenstermaker, J Van & Filer, John E, 1990. "The U.S. Embargo Act of 1807: Its Impact on New England Money, Banking, and Economic Activity," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 28(1), pages 163-184, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:28:y:1990:i:1:p:163-84

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    1. Feldstein, Martin & Liebman, Jeffrey B., 2002. "Social security," Handbook of Public Economics,in: A. J. Auerbach & M. Feldstein (ed.), Handbook of Public Economics, edition 1, volume 4, chapter 32, pages 2245-2324 Elsevier.
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