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The ILO Economists and International Economic Policy in the Interwar Years


  • Fleming, Grant
  • A. M. Endres


We survey the published work of the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) economic secretariat during the interwar years, and conclude that ILO economists were in the vanguard of a stream of economic thought which regularly questioned orthodox economics. The ILO economists presented clear policy prescriptions on all major economic questions of the day: the operation of monetary policy by central banks, the attainment of price stability and employment stabilization, responses to the early 1930s economic crisis, and the role of public works and expenditure in supplementing aggregate demand. This research was always innovative, and provided a distinctive voice in economic debate by focusing on the labour and international implications of interwar economic policies.

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  • Fleming, Grant & A. M. Endres, 1995. "The ILO Economists and International Economic Policy in the Interwar Years," Working Papers 95-43, Duke University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:duk:dukeec:95-43

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    1. Bhattacharyya, Nikhilesh., 2012. "Monetary policy and employment in developing Asia," ILO Working Papers 994685223402676, International Labour Organization.
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    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General
    • B20 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - General


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