This book argues that the general view of the NIRA as a monolithic two-year negative supply shock has been exaggerated. Yes, the program broadly raised wage rates and cut hours worked across the nonfarm economy. Furthermore, the NIRA promoted collusive outcomes whereby output was reduced and prices were raised. And it is true that the law was in effect for just under two years. Despite the veracity of these broad statements, however, the effects of the NIRA varied dramatically by both industry and time period. This concluding chapter summarizes the main argument of the book—the presence of a vast heterogeneity of effects and outcomes within the NIRA.
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