Symposium on the Great Depression

Staff: Amity Shlaes, Former Hayek Senior Fellow for Political Economy
March 30, 2009 - New York, NY

"History is an argument without end. That is why we love it so."

These words come from the late scholar of the New Deal, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Schlesinger in turn was quoting a colleague, the historian, Pieter Geyl. It is in Schlesinger's collegial spirit that the Council on Foreign Relations and NYU/Stern host scholars to discuss findings new and old about the single most important economic event in America's history, the Great Depression. What caused the Depression? What was the role of financial institutions in panic and recovery? What was the New Deal's role in this crisis? What lessons can we take away for dealing with our current crisis? Given the current challenges to the economy, a second look at that most relevant period becomes crucial. Nobel Prize winning economists, scholars, historians, writers, and policymakers will converge from across the country to both "get granular" and begin to draw broad conclusions in this day-long inquiry.

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Cosponsor of this symposium is Dean Thomas Cooley of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University.

The conference is also supported by a special grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

 

Symposium Summary Report (PDF, 160K)

Meetings

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A Second Look at the Great Depression and New Deal, Session One: The 1920s - Bubble, Growth, or Gold?

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A Second Look at the Great Depression and New Deal, Session Two: The Role of Labor Policy

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A Second Look at the Great Depression and New Deal, Session Three: Infrastructure Spending to Grow

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A Second Look at the Great Depression and New Deal, Session Four: Keynote - Why a Second Look Matters

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A Second Look at the Great Depression and New Deal, Session Five: The New Financial Deal

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A Second Look at the Great Depression and New Deal, Session Six: Today’s Path to Growth - What Do the 1930s Tell Us About Now?

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