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Rockoff, Hugh

Works: 83 works in 452 publications in 2 languages and 5,741 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, 958
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Most widely held works by Hugh Rockoff
Drastic measures : a history of wage and price controls in the United States by Hugh Rockoff( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a history of America's use of wage and price controls from colonial times to Richard Nixon's experiment with controls in the 1970s. It explores the impact of controls on prices and productivity, side-effects such as the growth of black markets and the expansion of government, and the relationship between controls and monetary policy. The central conclusion is that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, there are situations where the net effect of controls can be positive. In particular, temporary controls may reduce the unemployment and lost output usually associated with disinflation
History of the American economy by Ross M Robertson( Book )

48 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extensive account of economic forces that have molded American life from Colonial times to the present
Strategic factors in nineteenth century American economic history : a volume to honor Robert W. Fogel by Claudia Dale Goldin( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The volume also includes two appreciations of Fogel written by Stanley L. Engerman and Donald N. McCloskey, and a bibliography of Fogel's writings. Economic historians will find the volume indispensable because of its wealth of new findings and conjectures about the nature of economic development in the nineteenth century; it also provides a basis for appreciating the contribution of the new economic history and Fogel's central role within it."--Jacket
The free banking era : a re-examination by Hugh Rockoff( Book )

7 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sinews of war : essays on the economic history of World War II( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Price controls by Hugh Rockoff( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gresham's law regained by Robert L Greenfield( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has been argued that Gresham's Law, bad money (money with a low value in non-monetary uses) drives out good, often fails because one money can circulate at its market value. Various cases involving the U.S. dollar in the nineteenth century have been cited as possible violations of the law resulting from nonpar circulation of the dollar. This paper analyzes these cases, and finds to the contrary that a "93 percent version" of Gresham's law held in all them. Evidently, there were high transactions costs associated with using good money at a premium or bad money at a discount
Prodigals and projectors : an economic history of usury laws in the United States from colonial times to 1900 by Hugh Rockoff( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Colonial era usury laws in the United States were strict both in terms of the maximum rate that could be charged and the penalties that would be imposed. In Massachusetts in eighteenth century, for example, the maximum rate was 6 percent, and both principal and interest were forfeited if usury could be proved against the lender. The laws were eased during the early national period, and in many states they were repealed, although the United States never completely abandoned its system of usury laws. By 1870, when a limited reaction set in, the liberalization had reached the point where the great bulk of commercial transactions must have been largely unaffected by the usury laws, at least in non-crisis years. Two factors seem to have been paramount in producing the liberalization: changes in ideas about the effectiveness of government regulation in general and about the effectiveness of usury laws in particular, and competition among the states for capital. This history suggests that the usury laws, when tightly drawn, may have had a larger impact than economic historians have generally recognized
A comparison of the United States and Canadian banking systems in the twentieth Century : stability vs. efficiency? by Michael D Bordo( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper asks whether the vaunted comparative stability of the Canadian banking system has been purchased at the cost of creating an oligopoly. We assembled a data set that compares bank failures, lending rates, interest paid on deposits and related variables over the period 1920 to 1980. Our principal findings are that: (1) interest rates paid on deposits were generally higher in Canada; (2) interest income received on securities was generally slightly higher in Canada; (3) interest rates charged on loans were generally quite similar; (4) net rates of return to equity were generally higher in Canada than in the U.S
Monetary policy and regional interest rates in the United States, 1880-2002 by John S Landon-Lane( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long running debate among economic historians over how long it took regional financial markets in the United States to become fully integrated should be of considerable interest to students of monetary unions. This paper reviews the debate, discusses the implications of various hypotheses for the optimality of the US monetary union, and presents some new findings on the origin and diffusion of monetary shocks. It appears that financial markets were integrated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the sense that monetary shocks were routinely transmitted from one part of the United States to another. In particular, shocks to interest rates in the eastern financial centers were routinely transmitted to the periphery. However, it also appears that during this period significant shocks to bank lending rates in the periphery often arose on the periphery itself. This suggests that a nineteenth century monetary authority that relied on operations confined to eastern financial centers would have had a difficult time managing the U.S. monetary union. After World War II the problem of eruptions on the periphery declined
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Drastic measures : a history of wage and price controls in the United States
Alternative Names
Hugh Rockoff economist (Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

Hugh Rockoff Wirtschaftswissenschaftler/in (Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

Rockoff, H. 1945-

Rockoff, Hugh T. 1945-

English (145)

Spanish (1)

History of the American economyStrategic factors in nineteenth century American economic history : a volume to honor Robert W. Fogel