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What were the most prescient criticisms of "shock therapy" in Russia?

Which articles, written before and as "shock therapy" economic liberalization policies were being implemented in Russia, have best been borne out over time? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Dec 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Differences/similarities between Great Recession & Great Depression

What good articles have you read about the Great Recession? I'm particularly interested in resources that help explain the causes, effects and responses to the recent Recession. Bonus if the article/video/infographic/etc. helps explain how the causes, effects, or responses are similar to or different than the causes/effects/responses to the Great Depression. [more inside]
posted by leitmotif on Feb 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Any great nonfiction books on the history of tea and its global trade?

I'm interested in tea and its history, especially its role in global trade and conflict. Are there any great nonfiction books that cover the subject without focusing exclusively on a certain time period or location? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Jan 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Hyperdeflation

Has there ever been a case of real-life hyperdeflation, where prices race downwards? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for economic indicators for ancient economies

Greg Clark in Farewell to Alms has a great picture of living standards over recorded human history - looks like a long hockey stick of static poverty, til 1700s, when it shoots up. I'd like to find more specific economic data at the macro level for ancient Israel through the 1st century, as well as Greece and Rome to that same period. Data, moreso than analysis. [more inside]
posted by scunning on Mar 13, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me understand interest rates

Why are mortgage interest rates currently so low? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

In Soviet Russia, data finds you!

Where can I find historical GDP data for the old Soviet Union? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Sep 18, 2010 - 3 answers

The American dream (made in China)

Economics for clotheshorses: Help me learn how consumer goods and services & manufacturing and business practices have changed for better and/or worse. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Feb 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Where do I find historic economic data?

Is there some database of historical market prices for commodities? As in, if I wanted to know the average market price for a tonne of salt petre in 1835 where would I look?
posted by selenized on May 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Best general books on how the world works?

What are the best "grand theory" books and essays purporting to explain generally how the world works - at the macro, economic/political/historical/sociological/foreign policy scale - written in or after the 20th century?
posted by shivohum on May 12, 2009 - 24 answers

History of the Great Depression?

What is the definitive economic history that details contemporary thought regarding the Great Depression? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Aug 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Shock and awe and so many footnotes

EconomicPolicyFilter: I'm reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. It's making me angry, but I don't know whether it's making me justifiably angry. Is she right? Or is she terribly biased and distorting the facts? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jan 25, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me find an old article

Looking for an old newsmagazine story about Britain. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump on Dec 10, 2007 - 1 answer

Took courses, got A's, still not sure what it is.

When I was younger, I read a sociology textbook trying to find out why sociology was treated as a separate discipline and how it differs fundamentally from the other social sciences. I learned a lot about Weber and Durkheim, but I still don't get it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Sep 11, 2007 - 12 answers

How much (was) that doggy in the window?

How do I find out the value of a dollar in a given year? [more inside]
posted by serazin on May 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Was is always this bad?

Looking for old economic articles... [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me understand Honduras.

Help me understand Honduras. [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Jan 25, 2006 - 7 answers

I need historical real estate sales data for a particular city

I am looking for a resource, preferably online, that will give me historical real estate sales data for a particular city. Ideally I would like to see the average sales price by month from the year 1974 until the present. Any ideas?
posted by tirebouchon on Dec 18, 2004 - 5 answers

Tax Cuts

Can anyone point me to a nonpartisan economic study of tax cuts, the theory behind their effects on the economy, and the history of the economic effects of pre-21st century tax cuts?
posted by blakewest on Mar 26, 2004 - 1 answer

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