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On the Discussion of the Economic Policy of Germany from Weimar to Hitler


  • Holtfrerich, Carl-Ludwig

    () (Department of Economics of the Free University of Berlin)


The article reviews the central themes of the discussion about economic policy of the Weimar Republic immediately before and during the worldwide economic crisis of the end of 1920s and the beginning of 1930s. The author uses for this purpose a collection of papers published as a Festschrift in honor of German economic historian Knut Borchardt. The article discusses such topics as the role of the German economic and in particular monetary policy in genesis and development of the crisis, anti-crisis policy options at the German government’s disposal, impact of wages’ rigidity and international monetary and economic relations on the economic situation in the period immediately preceding the establishment of the Nazi regime

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  • Holtfrerich, Carl-Ludwig, 2016. "On the Discussion of the Economic Policy of Germany from Weimar to Hitler," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, vol. 3, pages 209-223, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rnp:ecopol:ep16310

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    1. Eichengreen, Barry & Sachs, Jeffrey, 1985. "Exchange Rates and Economic Recovery in the 1930s," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 45(04), pages 925-946, December.
    2. Eichengreen, Barry, 1996. "Golden Fetters: The Gold Standard and the Great Depression, 1919-1939," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195101133, June.
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    Weimar Republic; economic history of Germany; Great Depression; monetary policy; fiscal policy; rigidity of wages.;

    JEL classification:

    • N14 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: 1913-
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy


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