The prelude and global impact of the Great Depression: Evidence from a new macroeconomic dataset

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Based on a novel dataset of about 1150 time series, this study provides monthly economic activity estimates for 28 countries during the Great Depression. Due to their high frequency, the indices reveal that steady growth was far from universal even in the second half of the 1920s. Monetary and financial instability, agricultural crises, and labor conflict continued to plague economies around the globe. The high frequency of the data also facilitates a global comparison of the severity of the Great Depression along two dimensions: the cumulative loss and duration. The variation along these two dimensions across and within countries indicates a rising importance of the trade channel at the later stages of the crisis. Finally, the study highlights promising avenues for future research on the Great Depression.


Externa organisationer
  • London School of Economics and Political Science

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Ekonomisk historia
Sidor (från-till)150-163
TidskriftExplorations in Economic History
StatusPublished - 2018
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa