Economic Careers: Economics and Economists in Britain by Keith Tribe

By Keith Tribe

During this quantity fourteen senior economists describe their early creation to the examine of economics and their contribution to the advance of educational economics in Britain. With event masking a interval stretching from the mid Twenties to the past due Sixties, a number of the participants not just offer an perception into the function of collage disciplines within the schooling method yet describe their event in wartime management, or as executive advisors. The interview structure of the paintings makes for accessibility and clarity in a occasionally arcane zone of labor.

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23 SIR HENRY HARDMAN HARDMAN: I am afraid my interest there was more in political happenings in Germany than in the development of economic ideas. From the second half of the 1920s I had spent some time each year in Germany or Austria, at first on holidays from my job and, after 1929, for longer periods. Gradually I grew concerned about the crumbling of the Weimar regime and the rise of the Nazis: from incredulity that their ideas would be taken seriously, I became alarmed at their growing acceptance.

HARDMAN: I was first appointed to ‘Establishments’ to succeed a classical scholar who had been transferred to the ‘Holy of Holies’ as Private Secretary to the Minister, Lord Woolton. The Establishment Department was responsible for all aspects of the staffing of the Ministry. But, with the worsening of the war, new problems demanded staff even from Establishments and, after a short spell, I was transferred to ‘Emergency Services’. Two problems there demanded most of my attention: a third arising from the salvage of foodstuffs after air-raids was, I am afraid, largely ignored.

He didn’t do the housing problem in Britain, although he did write on the subject. He did a thesis on land values, if I remember rightly. Lorie Tarshis, who died very recently, came from Canada. He did stay on, I think, to do a doctorate, but I don’t think he stayed quite as long as that. Bob Bryce more or less ran Canada for a time. He was at the top of the Civil Service. He knew what it was all about. A great crowd of Canadians came over in 1932. At first I was supervised by Pigou, but I was really under the care of Dennis Robertson.

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