Unemployment: A Problem of Industry (1909 and 1930)

Unemployment: A Problem of Industry (1909 and 1930)

Unemployment: A Problem of Industry (1909 and 1930)

Unemployment: A Problem of Industry (1909 and 1930)

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The substance of Part I of this volume was given in lectures delivered in the University of Oxford during Michaelmas Term, 1908. The substance of Part II was given in lectures delivered in the University of Chicago during December, 1929. Some explanation of the appearance as a single work of studies so widely separated in time may seem to be required.

For ten years after the issue of the first edition of this book, in the spring of 1909, my official position in the British Civil Service precluded free public comment by myself on unemployment and policies for dealing with it. The book was reprinted-- altogether four times--without change, beyond correction of errors and addition in Appendices of such public documents as the Labour Exchanges Act of 1909, Part II of the National Insurance Act of 1911 dealing with unemployment insurance, and the regulations made under these Acts.

On leaving the Civil Service in the autumn of 1919, one of my first acts was to get a volume of the current edition--already long out of print--dissected and mounted on sheets for additions and corrections; my aim then was to make a new edition revised and up to date throughout. The dissected volume remained in a cupboard untouched from December, 1919, till the summer of 1928; though the official barrier to my writing had gone, administrative occupations in the School of Economics and the University of London proved almost as absorbing as the Civil Service had done before. I had, however, at one time during this period, when a break in these occupations seemed likely, secured the services of Mr. L. C. Robbins (now Professor of Economics in the University of London) to work over the book and the new . . .

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