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Labour markets in recession and recovery: The UK and the USA in the 1920s and 1930s

Hatton, Timothy; Thomas, Mark


We examine the labour market experience of the UK and the US in the recessions of the early 1920s and the early 1930s and the subsequent recoveries. These were deep recessions, comparable to that of 2008-9, but the recoveries were very different. In the UK the recovery of the 1920s was incomplete but that of the 1930s was rather less protracted than in the US. By contrast the US experienced very strong recovery in the 1920s but weaker recovery from the much deeper recession of the 1930s. A key...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Great Depression of the 1930s: Lessons for today
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663187.001.0001


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