Upturns and downturns in the economy often produce more agitation and worry than insight and reflection. This report offers a chance to step aside from the fray, and think about the big picture. The eighteen findings in this report offer a unique insight into economic patterns that have shaped the West over the past 150 years, and bring to light important information on indicators of a changing Western economy, the effects of booms and busts on communities, and ways of dealing with the impacts of these often sudden shifts in prosperity. (Download PDF)