The papers should discuss the relevant economic content of the films, preferably as they relate to the readings and class discussion. They should not be critical reviews of the films themselves. Papers should be between 500 and 1000 words long. Spelling and grammar count.
Choose either one of the following films.
Topic: Financial Panics
Film: It’s A Wonderful Life (129 minutes)
Readings: Silber, William: “Why Did FDR’S Bank Holiday Succeed?” FRBNY Economic Policy Review July 2009 pp. 19-30
Bernanke, Ben S. “Causes of the Recent Financial and Economic Crisis” Testimony Before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Washington DC. ” Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Topic: The Great Depression
Film: The Grapes of Wrath (120 minutes)
Readings: Bernanke, Ben “Money, Gold, and the Great Depression” Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Romer, Christina, “The Nation in Depression” The Journal of Economic Perspectives” (Spring 1993) Vol. 7 No. 2 pp.19-42