This paper studies a natural experiment in macroeconomic history: the Irish bank strike of 1966, which led to the closure of the major commercial banks for three months. We use synthetic control to estimate how the economy would have evolved had the strike not happened. We find that economic activity slowed, deviating by 6% from the counter-factual path. Narrative evidence not only supports this finding, but also depicts the struggles of households and firms managing a credit crunch, a liquidity shock, and rising transaction costs. This case study highlights the importance of banks for economic performance.
Antal sidor49
StatusPublished - 2024


NamnLund Papers in Economic History
FörlagDepartment of Economic History, Lund University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Ekonomisk historia


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