The Timber Bubble That Burst

The Timber Bubble That Burst : Government Policy and the Bailout of 1984

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In this book, Mattey studies the unusual movements in the price of federal timber over 1979-1981. Wide differentials between the price of timber, future contracts, and the price of delivered timber threw the Pacific Northwest into a recession in 1982-84 when timber buyers delayed harvests in order to postpone the realization of their losses on their contracts. Mattey shows that it was not so much the actions of the Federal Reserve - which was widely blamed for the crisis - but the actions of the buyers themselves that caused the recession.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 118 pages
  • 148.8 x 226.1 x 13.7mm | 323.47g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line drawings, tables
  • 0195062752
  • 9780195062755

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Should have wide appeal....Reveals how political interest groups can influence the rules under which government agencies operate and why seemingly simple actions, such as the selling of public timer, can result in fiasco. * Journal of Regional Science *show more