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Achieving the Goals of the Employment Act of 1946, Thirtieth Anniversary Review [electronic resource] : Vol. 3-Inflation and Market Structure. Paper No. 1. Inflationary Impact of Unemployment: Price Markups During Postwar Recessions, 1947-70.

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United States. Congress. Joint Economic Committee.
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[S.l] : [publisher not identified], 1976.
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Government document
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Big business.
Business cycles.
Inflation (Finance).
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First paper in a study series on inflation and market structure prepared in conjunction with the Committee's review of national employment policy on the 30th anniversary of the Employment Act of 1946.
Includes comments by Howard N. Ross (City Univ of NY) and the authors' reply (pages 30-35).
This study, prepared by Howard M. Wachtel and Peter D. Adelsheim (Amer Univ), presents a markup theory of pricing, and develops evidence to show that postwar recessions have spurred, rather than dampened, price increases. Examines the cyclical behavior of price markups, particularly in concentrated industries, and concludes that many firms have succeeded in maintaining profit margins in spite of declining sales and output levels. Also argues that anti-recession policies must be supplemented by efforts to dampen price pressures in non-competitive sectors.
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Record is based on bibliographic data in ProQuest U.S. Congressional Research Digital Collection (last viewed Aug. 2010). Reuse except for individual research requires license from ProQuest, LLC.
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Microfiche version: United States. Congress. Joint Economic Committee. Achieving the Goals of the Employment Act of 1946, Thirtieth Anniversary Review 76-J842-28
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