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The Panic of 1857: Origins, Transmission, and Containment

Charles W. Calomiris; Larry Schweikart

Title:
The Panic of 1857: Origins, Transmission, and Containment
Author(s):
Calomiris, Charles W.
Schweikart, Larry
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Business
Volume:
51
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Book/Journal Title:
Journal of Economic History
Abstract:
We explain the origins of the Panic of 1857, examine its spread, and compare state banking systems's responses. We describe the decline in western land and railroad investments and the consequent stress on securities brokers and banks in eastern cities, and trace the transmission of the shock to other regions. Bank performance depended not only on regional conditions and links to eastern banks, but on the ability to coordinate behavior. Southern branch banks and coinsuring banks in Ohio and Indiana were particularly successful.
Subject(s):
Economic history
American history
Publisher DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022050700040122
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