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Answered 2007-06-12 03:12:45

An economic depression may make people thrifty and cautious, even those who are not particularly badly affected. They will, for example, see others losing their jobs and save rather than spend or invest. If prices fall and continue to fall, this is likely to create an expectation of falling prices. This is likely to lead many to postpone the purchase of non-essential goods and also to postpone investment decisions. Even when the economy picks up, many assumptions created by the depression are likely to linger. Obviously, all these observations are huge generalizations andthere are always exceptions. Joncey

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