I have always been intrigued by the enigma of the Great Depression, perhaps because my parents often told tales of their experience of the 1930s in drought-stricken western Canada. Only in the late 1980s, though, did I begin to develop the theoretical approach of this book. I was helped at an early stage by a paper presentation at Northwestern University, and the lengthy conversations with Joel Mokyr and Lou Cain which that entailed.
Table of Contents
List of Tables -- Acknowledgements -- PART ONE -- THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS -- 1. The Great Depression Revisited -- 2. Questions Unanswered -- 3. Building a New Theoretical Approach: Consumption and Investment -- 4. The New Theory: Technological Change -- 5. The Labor Market -- PART TWO -- SECTORAL ANALYSIS -- 6. The Procedure for Sectoral Analysis -- 7. Chemicals -- 8. Electrical Products -- 9. Internal Combustion -- 10. Selected Other Industries -- 11. Non-Manufacturing Sectors -- 12. Summary of Sectoral Studies -- 13. International and Regional Comparisons -- 14. Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the Book and Author.
Rick Szostak is associate professor of economics at the University of Alberta.