The Global Economy in the 1990s: A Long-Run Perspective

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The 1990s were an extraordinary, contradictory, and fascinating period of economic development. Specifically, the 'boom' of the 1990s and the way that it ended evoked many historical precedents, particularly, past bubbles and 'busts'. In this book, contributions by eminent economic historians examine key issues such as the causes and sustainability of productive growth in the U.S., the sluggish growth in Europe and stagnation in Japan. They assess whether, seen in long-run perspective, the 1990s does actually fall into a familiar pattern of economic activity or whether it represents a watershed in economic history.

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“Clear analysis, strong evidence, and great bibliography. Highly recommended.” —Choice

"This excellent book collects papers presented at a Duke University conference in 2004, run by Rhode...and Toniolo...—and attended by this reviewer. Unlike many conference volumes, it is true to its title: each contribution compares economic developments in the manner of economic history, weaving together statistics, narrative, and economic theory. The volume is also much more cohesive than most books of its type." - Christopher Hanes, State University of New York at Binghamton, EH.NET

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521852630
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul W. Rhode is the Zachary Taylor Smith Professor at the Economics Department of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Gianni Toniolo is Professor of Economic History at the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' and Research Professor of Economics at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

1 Understanding the 1990s : a long-run perspective 1
2 The world economy in the 1990s : a long-run perspective 21
3 Managing the world economy in the 1990s 43
4 Europe : a continent in decline? 69
5 Technical change and US economic growth : the interwar period and the 1990s 89
6 General-purpose technologies : then and now 118
7 Productivity growth and the American labor market : the 1990s in historical perspective 139
8 The 1920s and the 1990s in mutual reflection 161
9 Bubbles and busts : the 1990s in the mirror of the 1920s 193
10 The 1990s as a postwar decade 218
11 What is happening to the welfare state? 234
12 The American economic policy environment of the 1990s : origins, consequences, and legacies 263
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