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Predicted recessions that never happened

It seems generally accepted that recessions are hard to forecast, in both onset and intensity, but the bias seems to be toward rosy outlooks: The main finding is that, while forecasters are ...
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Did capitalism exist before the 18th century?

Were there capitalistic economies before the 18th century?
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What was economics like as a field before Adam Smith, the father of *modern* economics?

Adam Smith is called the "father of modern economics" and his book The Weath of Nations, a fundamental work in the field of economics, is considered the first modern book on economics. In addition, ...
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How wealthy are modern day humans compared to preindustrial times?

I would like to see a quantitative wealth comparison between the average human in a hunter gather or agrarian society to average human in the today's world. I'm mostly interested in how the discovery ...
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What is Islamic Banking?

What is "Islamic banking," and how is it similar to and different from banking as it occurs in the U.S.? I have heard Shariah Law prohibits usury, the taking of interest on loans. How do Muslim ...