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The Resource Beyond our means : why America spends while the world saves, Sheldon Garon

Beyond our means : why America spends while the world saves, Sheldon Garon

Label
Beyond our means : why America spends while the world saves
Title
Beyond our means
Title remainder
why America spends while the world saves
Statement of responsibility
Sheldon Garon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
If the financial crisis has taught us anything, it is that Americans save too little, spend too much, and borrow excessively. What can we learn from East Asian and European countries that have fostered enduring cultures of thrift over the past two centuries? Beyond Our Means tells for the first time how other nations aggressively encouraged their citizens to save by means of special savings institutions and savings campaigns. The U.S. government, meanwhile, promoted mass consumption and reliance on credit, culminating in the global financial meltdown. Many economists believe people save according to universally rational calculations, saving the most in their middle years as they plan for retirement, and saving the least in welfare states. In reality, Europeans save at high rates despite generous welfare programs and aging populations. Americans save little, despite weaker social safety nets and a younger population. Tracing the development of such behaviors across three continents from the nineteenth century to today, this book highlights the role of institutions and moral suasion in shaping habits of saving and spending. It shows how the encouragement of thrift was not a relic of indigenous traditions but a modern movement to confront rising consumption. Around the world, messages to save and spend wisely confronted citizens everywhere--in schools, magazines, and novels. At the same time, in America, businesses and government normalized practices of living beyond one's means. Transnational history at its most compelling, Beyond Our Means reveals why some nations save so much and others so little. -- From Inside Book Flap
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Garon, Sheldon M
Dewey number
339.4/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HC79.S3
LC item number
G37 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer
  • Association for Japanese Language Teaching
  • Saving and investment
  • Thriftiness
  • Thriftiness
  • Capital movements
  • Capital movements
  • Saving and investment
  • Thriftiness
  • Asia
  • United States
  • Sparsamkeit
  • Sparen
  • Verbrauch
  • Schulden
  • China
  • Verbraucherverhalten
  • Sparande
  • Kapitalrörelser
  • Förenta staterna
  • Capital movements
  • Saving and investment
  • Thriftiness
  • Thriftiness
  • Japan
  • USA
Label
Beyond our means : why America spends while the world saves, Sheldon Garon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Postwar Japan's national salvation
  • Exporting thrift, or the myth of "Asian values"
  • "There is money. Spend it" : America since 1945
  • Keep on saving? : questions for the twenty-first century
  • The origins of saving in the Western world
  • Organizing thrift in the age of nation-states
  • America the exceptional
  • Japanese traditions of diligence and thrift
  • Saving for the new Japan
  • Mobilizing for the Great War
  • Save now, buy later : World War II and beyond
  • "Luxury is the enemy" : Japan in peace and war
Control code
ocn724663266
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
475 pages
Isbn
9780691159584
Lccn
2011023955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691135991
  • (OCoLC)724663266
Label
Beyond our means : why America spends while the world saves, Sheldon Garon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Postwar Japan's national salvation
  • Exporting thrift, or the myth of "Asian values"
  • "There is money. Spend it" : America since 1945
  • Keep on saving? : questions for the twenty-first century
  • The origins of saving in the Western world
  • Organizing thrift in the age of nation-states
  • America the exceptional
  • Japanese traditions of diligence and thrift
  • Saving for the new Japan
  • Mobilizing for the Great War
  • Save now, buy later : World War II and beyond
  • "Luxury is the enemy" : Japan in peace and war
Control code
ocn724663266
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
475 pages
Isbn
9780691159584
Lccn
2011023955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691135991
  • (OCoLC)724663266

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