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Oswald Toynbee Falk: Keynes’ Model Economist?




Oswald ‘Foxy’ Falk was the enigmatic figure who understood, probably more than any other person, how the mind of Maynard Keynes operated. Regrettably, Falk never wrote a memoir on Keynes or even expanded upon his long professional association with him. Equally, there has been relatively little written of Falk in the economics literature. This article attempts, at least, to address that gap. The character and philosophy of Falk are examined through the prism of a lengthy correspondence he had with another businessman who knew Keynes, William Sydney Robinson. Their letters reveal why Keynes fell out with his former business partner but also, more importantly, how, in talking about the great and the good, lesser mortals are inclined to tell the occasional mistruth.

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  • Millmow, Alex, 2012. "Oswald Toynbee Falk: Keynes’ Model Economist?," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, vol. 34(03), pages 397-410, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jhisec:v:34:y:2012:i:03:p:397-410_00

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