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The Big Ditch: How America Took, Built, Ran, and Ultimately Gave Away the Panama Canal by Noel Maurer and Carlos Yu

Published By: Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 978-0-691-14738-3
Date of Publication: 2011


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Reviewed by: Valerie A. Ramey of University of California, San Diego and NBER
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.49.4.1230.r23
Review Pages: 1299-1303

Book Review Abstract

Valerie A. Ramey of University of California, San Diego and NBER reviews "The Big Ditch: How America Took, Built, Ran, and Ultimately Gave Away the Panama Canal" by Noel Maurer and Carlos Yu. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins, "Chronicles the economic and political history of the Panama Canal from the origins of the idea in sixteenth-century Spain to the present day. Discusses an introduction to the Ditch; before the Ditch; preparing the Ditch; digging the Ditch; crossing the Ditch; passed by the Ditch; sliding into irrelevancy; ditching the Ditch; and concluding the Ditch. Maurer is Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Yu is an economic historian and private consultant. Index."


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Valerie A. Ramey of University of California, San Diego and NBER


JEL Classifications

H43: Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
N76: Economic History: Transport, Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services: Latin America; Caribbean


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