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The Land of Too Much

American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty

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ISBN 9780674066526

Publication Date: 12/31/2012

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6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 line illustrations, 11 graphs, 7 tables

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  • List of Figures* and Tables**
  • Preface
  • I. Explaining American State Intervention
    • 1. The Farmers’ Tour
    • 2. Comparing Capitalisms
    • 3. A Demand-Side Theory of Comparative Political Economy
  • II. The Agrarian Regulation of Taxation
    • 4. The Non-History of National Sales Tax
    • 5. The Land of Too Much
    • 6. Progressive Taxation and the Welfare State
  • III. The Agrarian Regulation of Finance
    • 7. American Adversarial Regulation
    • 8. The Democratization of Credit
    • 9. The Credit/Welfare State Trade-Off
  • IV. Conclusion
    • 10. American Mortgage Keynesianism: Summary and Policy Implications
  • Notes
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Figures:
    • 2.1 Pre-tax and transfer inequality and post-tax and transfer inequality
    • 3.1 Index of industrial production, 1870–1912
    • 3.2 Index of agricultural output, 1869–1950
    • 3.3 Index of manufacturing output, 1869–1941
    • 3.4 Total GDP, 1820–1924
    • 3.5 Wholesale commodity price index, 1848–1943
    • 3.6 U.S. mortgage interest rates, 1869–1885
    • 3.7 Index of agricultural output, 1889–1929
    • 3.8 “How to see our wheat”
    • 7.1 Restrictiveness of banking regulation before 1999
    • 8.1 Index of activity in the building industry, 1925–1929 and 1932
    • 10.1 Argument of the book
  • ** Tables:
    • 1.1 The United States compared to other industrialized countries
    • 3.1 GDP per capita
    • 4.1 Regional voting on sales tax in Congress, November 3 and 4, 1921, Republicans only
    • 4.2 Regional preferences for sales tax in Congress, 1932
    • 8.1 Regional voting on McFadden Act in House of Representatives, February 4, 1926
    • 9.1 The demand for credit, 1980–2005
    • 9.2 The effect of deregulation on credit for different levels of social spending

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