An Improved Annual Chronology of U.S. Business Cycles since the 1790s

  title={An Improved Annual Chronology of U.S. Business Cycles since the 1790s},
  author={Joseph H. Davis},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={103 - 121}
  • Joseph H. Davis
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • Economics, History
  • The Journal of Economic History
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