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Vol. 92, No. 2
Posted 2010-03-01

Institutions and Government Growth: A Comparison of the 1890s and the 1930s

by Thomas A. Garrett, Andrew F. Kozak, and Russell M. Rhine

Statistics on the size and growth of the U.S. federal government, in addition to public statements by President Franklin Roosevelt, seem to indicate that the Great Depression was the primary event that caused the dramatic growth in government spending and intervention in the private sector that continues to the present day.

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