The Presidential Political Business Cycle of 1972

Previous studies of the political business cycle have examined time series data to determine whether a pattern of pre-election boom and post-election slump exists. The studies do not investigate the behavior and mechanisms by which a politician may effectuate a political business cycle. We focus on one time period, 1969 to 1972, and conclude that President Nixon's personality and operating environment explain why he manipulated the economy for political gain. The mechanisms he utilized to improve macroeconomic conditions before the 1972 election include monetary policy, fiscal policy, and wage-price controls.

Publication Information
Article Title: The Presidential Political Business Cycle of 1972
Journal: Journal of Economic History (Jun, 1984)
Vol. 44, pg. 265-271
Author(s): Keller, Robert R;  May, Ann Mari
Researcher Information
May, Ann Mari
May, Ann Mari
Professor of Economics
  • Gender and Higher Education
  • Macroeconomic Stabilization Policy
  • U.S. Economic History
  • Women and the Economy
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