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

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

This 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.

Anthony M. Endres is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, School of Business and Economics, at the University of Auckland. He has also served as Lecturer in Economics at the University of Waikato and the University of Wollongong. Professor Endres has been a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences (Australian National University) and held visiting professorships at Kyotosangyo University, the University of Kyoto, and the University of Toronto. He is the author of Neoclassical Microeconomic Theory: The Founding Austrian Version (1997) and has published widely in the history of economic thought on questions on mercantilism, classical economics, institutional economics, and neoclassical economics. Professor Endres's research has appeared in the European Economic Review, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, History of Political Economy, and the Journal of European Economic History, among others.

Grant A. Fleming is Senior Lecturer in the School of Finance and Applied Statistics, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, at the Australian National University. He has also served as Lecturer in Economics at the University of Auckland and as Visiting Professor at Duke University. Dr. Fleming has published in a wide range of fields including the history of economic thought, economic and business history, international finance, and corporate finance. More than forty of his academic articles have appeared in journals such as Business History Review, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Economic History Review, Financial History Review, International Labour Review, and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

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