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A Heliocentric Journey into Germany's Great Depression

  • Weder, Mark

The Paper finds empirical evidence on the ripple effect of sunspots on the interwar German economy. It identifies a sequence of negative shocks to expectations for the 1927-32 period. The artificial economy predicts the 1928-32 depression and a long boom from 1933 onwards. Overall, a tangible fraction of interwar output volatility is attributed for by sunspots.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:4191
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