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The Council of Economic Advisors and the "Full Employment Budget Concept": Keyserling before Heller!


  • W. Robert Brazelton

    (University of Missouri-Kansas City)


This paper deals with the general concept of the Full Employment Budget (FEB) usually associated with Walter W. Heller as its originator and popularizer. Herein, however, an investigation will be made as to its earlier development by Leon H. Keyserling. This paper will be divided into five parts: a brief biographical sketch relevant to our purposes herein of both men; the main points of the FEB concept; an investigation of Keyserling's development of the FEB concept; Heller's path to his own utilization of the FEB concept, including a statement by Heller contributing the FEB concept to the earlier works of Keyserling in the Truman Administration; and a concluding summary.

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  • W. Robert Brazelton, 2003. "The Council of Economic Advisors and the "Full Employment Budget Concept": Keyserling before Heller!," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 29(2), pages 87-102.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:29:y:2003:i:2:p:87-102

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    1. W. Robert Brazelton & Charles J. Whalen, 2011. "Towards a synthesis of Institutional and Post Keynsian economics," Chapters,in: Financial Instability and Economic Security after the Great Recession, chapter 2, pages 28-52 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    • B20 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - General
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook


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