On Britain's Return to the Gold Standard: Was there a ‘Pigou–McKenna School’?

R. Arthmar, Michael Mclure

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© 2015 Economic Society of AustraliaIt is common to refer to the ‘Keynes–McKenna school’ in opposition to Britain's return to the gold standard. However, after considering A.C. Pigou's reading of Sir Reginald McKenna's testimony to the Chamberlain–Bradbury Committee and the influence of that reading on Pigou's draft of the Committee's report to the British government, the case is made for the ‘Pigou–McKenna school’ as a policy school that was supportive of a return to the gold standard but against doing so prematurely. This is perhaps more meaningful than reference to the ‘Keynes–McKenna school’, which incorrectly implies that McKenna was opposed to Britain returning to gold.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalEconomic Record
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


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