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GNP and Military Mobilization


  • Nathan, Robert R


The remarkable shift from a limping U.S. recovery from the Great Depression of the 1930's to the relatively rapid and immensely successful World War II mobilization of the 1940's was far from an easy and orderly transition. The first official national income estimates in the U.S. were prepared in 1933 and were valuable in monitoring the recovery programs. They were especially helpful in determining the maximum potential resources for the wartime mobilization. This information was essential in setting goals that were both ambitious and feasible. Many difficulties were encountered in a feasibility dispute between civilian and military organizations and leaders. Changes in personnel, reorganizations, and top level coordination led to massive production of armaments and truly making the U.S. the "Arsenal for Democracy."

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  • Nathan, Robert R, 1994. "GNP and Military Mobilization," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 4(1), pages 1-16, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joevec:v:4:y:1994:i:1:p:1-16

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    1. Best, Michael H., 2019. "Industrial innovation and productive structures: The creation of America’s ‘Arsenal of democracy’," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 32-41.

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