The Economic History Review

The Hungarian twin crisis of 1931

Volume 72 Issue 2
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Pages: 641-668Authors: Flora Macher
Published online: February 2, 2018DOI: 10.1111/ehr.12659

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Abstract Even though Germany, Austria, and Hungary experienced a major financial crisis simultaneously in 1931, of the three, only Germany’s and Austria’s episodes have been investigated in depth. This article offers a thorough assessment of the missing piece. It finds that, just like Germany, Hungary also experienced a twin crisis. The primary reason for the weakness of the financial sector was banks’ excessive exposure to agricultural loans. The fragility of the currency was the result of an early balance-of-payments crisis in 1928/9. The vulnerability of the banking and monetary systems culminated in a twin crisis in 1931.