Research Discussion Paper – RDP 8303 The 1930's and the 1980's: Some Facts


This paper was prepared for a plenary session at the 12th Conference of Economists held in Hobart in August 1983. It seeks to outline and compare the main economic facts in the 1920s and 1930s with those in the 1970s and the 1980s.

Helpful suggestions on the issues have been made by many economists. Particular acknowledgement must go to Bob Gregory, who also spoke on the subject at the Conference of Economists. Thanks also go to John Broadbent, William Coleman, Paul Johnson and Richard Wood for help on particular issues. The data base, which is available on request, owes a good deal to an earlier Research Discussion Paper by Matthew Butlin.