International Organizations and the Analysis of Economic Policy, 1919–1950

International Organizations and the Analysis of Economic Policy, 1919–1950

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This 2002 book expands our understanding of the distinctive policy analysis produced between 1919 and 1950 by economists and other social scientists for four major international organizations: the League of Nations, the International Labor Organization, the Bank for International Settlements, and the United Nations. These practitioners included some of the twentieth century's eminent economists, including Cassel, Haberler, Kalecki, Meade, Morgenstern, Nurkse, Ohlin, Tinbergen, and Viner. Irving Fisher and John Maynard Keynes also influenced the work of these organizations. Topics covered include: the relationship between economics and policy analysis in international organizations; business cycle research; the role and conduct of monetary policy; public investment; trade policy; social and labor economics; international finance; the coordination problem in international macroeconomic policy; full employment economics; and the rich-country-poor-country debate. Normative agendas underlying international political economy are made explicit, and lessons are distilled for today's debates on international economic integration.Doubtless we shall attempt to trace the national origins and international transmission of economic ideas on particular economic ... but it quickly broadened to joint LON/ILO research on unemployment and international business cycles. ... The Economic and Financial Organization (Branch) of the LON secretariat and its research economists used this ... Furthermore, the 1920 Brussels Financial Conference was a€œunanimous . . . in believing that national action is not by itself sufficient.

Title:International Organizations and the Analysis of Economic Policy, 1919–1950
Author:Anthony M. Endres, Grant A. Fleming
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2002-06-24


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