of that nation's population's shared paradigm? Or is it vice versa?
A classic example of such a phenomenon in action is the transformation Germany underwent after the first world war; the economy of Germany went from essentially broken to a world superpower again in about 15 years. The people of Germany during that time became motivated (although now we of course know that their motives were mislead, and for lack of a better word "evil"), and their motivation alone was enough to pull Germany out of financial ruin.
Now, traditional economics teachings would suggest that a nation's economy shouldn't be able to reverse like that; a broken economy should in theory remain broken until reparations can slowly be made. Yet, Germany completely defied traditional economic theory, and seemingly it was nothing besides the unified motivation of the German people which took themselves out of economic ruin as if it had never happened.
If we look at the great depression of the USA during the 1930s, this again took only about 15 years to come out of. Most scholars would agree that World War II lifted the USA out of the Great Depression (in conjunction with socialist policies put in place by FDR). Again, we see the phenomenon of a unified national paradigm causing an economic boom and completely disregarding previous economic turmoil (although not as suddenly).
How can this happen?
It can only make sense if we view economic systems as being illusionary -- the entire economic system is nothing more than an index of otherwise meaningless values that are finely tuned to the collective mindset of a population. When the population experiences nihilism and has lost faith in progress, then the economy of that population begins a recession; when the population experiences purposefulness and meaningfulness, the economy begins to grow.
Lateral Thinking - To think about something from an arbitrary angle; taking an unorthodox direction as a creative means of problem solving.
Metacognition - 'Thinking about thinking'; attaining an understanding of one's own mental processes by means of introspection.