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What Causes Booms?

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  • Freeman, Alan

This paper was presented to the joint conference of the AFEP, AHE and IIPPE in Paris, July 2012. A more developed and substantially revised version was presented to the conference on ‘Marxism: Marx and Beyond’ in Calcutta, 22-24 March 2012 and is due to be published. The paper argues that booms, not depressions, are the exception in capitalist history; this inverts the general approach of economics. I argue that booms are recurrent, but irregular events that arise when certain specific sets of political and economic conditions are met. If we can establish these conditions this will help understand what booms can achieve, what their dangers are, and whether their historical potential is exhausted, shedding light on such intractable problems in political economy as what causes growth, whether it is desirable, what circumstances bring about economic development, and what causes so-called depressions JEL Codes: B1, B14, B3, B5

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 52629.

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Date of creation: 02 Jul 2010
Date of revision: 05 Jul 2010
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:52629
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  1. Freeman, Alan, 2006. "An Invasive Metaphor: the Concept of Centre of Gravity in Economics," MPRA Paper 6812, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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