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Deflation: What Happens When Prices Fall

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Deflation is one of the most feared terms in economics. It immediately conjures visions of abandoned farms and idle factories, streams of unemployed workers standing in breadlines. So when Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan started talking openly in 2003 about his fears of deflation, it sent waves of shock through the business press and the public. Many feared t ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published May 14th 2004 by HarperBusiness (first published May 1st 2004)
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Tim Shores
Feb 19, 2011 Tim Shores rated it liked it
Not bad. Published in 2003, and focused on the aftermath of .com. Provides a decent non-technical illustration of the monetary policy cause and effect of modern economic peaks and valleys. Hindsight tells us that Farrell's opinion of real estate growth and the derivatives market -- that it they are a good bet, that they are signs of healthful innovation in an epoch of falling prices -- bombs along with everyone else's expectations in 2007. but he has little to say about the effect of a credit co ...more
Glenn Murphy
Feb 03, 2009 Glenn Murphy rated it really liked it
A very interesting read. Like most people of the last couple of generations, I was more or less ignorant of how prevalent deflation has been in the history of the U.S. economy. This book gives a very good history of deflation along with a very good overview of how improvements in technology are often linked to deflation and labor displacements. I wish I shared Farrell's belief that all we need to do is spend more money on education and training we can offset the losses of good jobs to offshoring ...more
Aug 29, 2009 Frank rated it really liked it
Inspires one to really start thinking hard about what prices represent...especially when our consumption factor is about 32X greater than, say, your average African's.
Derek Barnes
Mar 16, 2012 Derek Barnes rated it liked it
An argument for not being too scared of mild deflation. Looking forward to reading more on the subject.
Nov 21, 2013 John rated it it was ok
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A discussion of what deflation is and a brief history of the same. Interesting and worth the read.
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