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Get your dose of Depression-era economics tonight on the hill

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Tonight at 7 in the Spencer Art Museum, Alexander Field, a professor of economics at Santa Clara University in California, will give a talk on the Great Depression and economic growth.

Field is the author of "A Great Leap Forward," a book that makes the case that technological progress during the 1930s helped pave the way for the post-World War II economic boom times. In an interview with New York Times blogger David Leonhardt, Field discusses how 1930s-era innovations in aviation, automobiles (including the electric transmission and power steering) communications (TV would be the big one there) and other fields helped the country succeed militarily in World War II and made later productivity leaps possible in the U.S. economy.

Field is coming as part of the Phi Beta Kappa's visiting scholar program. His talk is free and open to the public.

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Brandon Deines 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Does Professor Fields know that he's going head-to-head with the Jayhawks? This sounds like an interesting talk, but I'll be watching hoops.

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