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The Great Recession: a comparison of recession magnitudes in Europe, USA and Japan

Mazurek, Jiří (2013): The Great Recession: a comparison of recession magnitudes in Europe, USA and Japan.

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Abstract

In this article recession magnitudes in Europe, the USA and Japan during the Great Recession are compared. The strongest recessions (of severe category) occurred in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, while recessions in Japan and the USA were significantly weaker. Even the strongest recession (in Latvia) was found smaller in its magnitude than the Great Depression 1929-1933 in the USA. Hence, comparisons of the Great Recession to the Great Depression in the literature are somewhat exaggerated.

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