Business Cycle Economics
Understanding Recessions and Depressions from Boom to Bust
by Todd A. Knoop
February 2015, 391pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3174-4
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Throughout history, economic crises have prompted mass political movements and social upheaval.

Presents the empirical data of business cycles and the theories that economists have developed to explain and prevent them, and considers case studies of recessions and depressions in the United States and internationally.

Despite more than two centuries of debate, a definitive explanation of the causes of economic cycles still does not exist. Economists, politicians, and policymakers have argued many well-known theories as to why these peaks and slumps occur, and cyclical recessions and depressions continue in spite of the enormous intellectual reserves working to prevent them. This timely analysis presents a comprehensive overview of global economics, assessing older theories alongside of new ways of thinking to reveal the empirical methods needed to evaluate, forecast, and prevent future crises.

Educator and economist Todd Knoop provides explanations of influential macroeconomic theories that have shaped modern economics, such as Keynesian economics, Neoclassical economics, Austrian economics, and New Keynesian economics. In addition, he considers case studies of specific recessions and depressions, beginning with the Great Depression through the East Asian crisis and Great Recession in Japan and culminating with a detailed examination of the European debt crisis and the 2008 global financial crisis. The work concludes with a look at the insights gained from these fiscal events as well as the major questions that still remain unanswered as a result of these crises.


  • Features four primary forecasting techniques and assesses the effectiveness of these methods in forecasting actual business cycles
  • Examines the reasons behind the lessening frequency of recessions in postwar America
  • Makes the subject of economic crises timely and relevant by addressing the recent global financial crisis and the European debt crisis
  • Reveals how the collapse of the housing market led to a credit crunch and a global economic slowdown
Todd A. Knoop, PhD, is professor of economics and business at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA. His published works include Modern Financial Macroeconomics: Panics, Crashes, and Crises and Global Finance in Emerging Market Economies. He holds a doctorate from Purdue University.


2015 Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, January 1, 2016


"There is much to like about this latest book by Knoop (Cornell College, Iowa). It is probably the most comprehensive, thorough, and balanced treatment of a topic that has been hotly debated in the discipline since William Stanley Jevons proposed the sunspot theory in the 1880s. The author delivers on his promise to write a non-technical narrative that is accessible to non-specialist readers. . . . This book will stir students' curiosity and encourage their research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers and faculty."—Choice, August 18, 2015
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