Jacques Rueff

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Jacques Rueff
7th Minister of State of Monaco
In office
12 July 1949 – 1 August 1950
Monarch Rainier III
Preceded by Pierre Blanchy (acting)
Succeeded by Pierre Voizard
Personal details
Born 23 August 1896
Paris, France
Died 23 April 1978
Paris, France
Political party Independent

Jacques Léon Rueff (23 August 1896 – 23 April 1978) was a French economist and adviser to the French Government.

An influential French conservative and free market thinker, Rueff was born the son of a well known Parisian physician and studied economics and mathematics at the École Polytechnique. An important economic advisor to French President Charles de Gaulle, Rueff was also a major figure in the management of the French economy during the Great Depression. In the early 1930s, he was as a financial attache in London, in charge of the Bank of France’s sterling reserves.[1] In 1941 Rueff was dismissed from his office as the deputy governor of the Bank of France as a result of the Vichy regime's new anti-Semitic laws. Rueff published several works of political economy and philosophy during his lifetime, including L'Ordre Social, which appeared shortly after Liberation.

After the war Rueff became one of the leading French members of the classical liberal Mont Pelerin Society, the president of the Inter-Allied Reparations Agency (IARA), and the minister of state of Monaco. Rueff was strongly in favour of European integration and served from 1952 to 1962 as a judge on the European Court of Justice.

He advised General de Gaulle after de Gaulle became French President in 1958. The 1958 Rueff Plan (also known as the Rueff-Pinay Plan) balanced the budget and secured the convertibility of the franc, which had been endangered by the strains of decolonization.

In the 1960s, Rueff became a major proponent of a return to the gold standard and critical of the use of the dollar as a unit of reserve, which he warned would cause a worldwide inflation. A member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, Rueff was elected to the Académie française in 1964. Foreseeing the emerging European Community Common Market, Rueff recommended cutting barriers to competition in his second report. Along with co-writer Louis Armand and helped by an ad hoc committee of experts, the "plan Rueff-Armand", as the press called it, was published in 1960. The full title of the report is "Rapport du Comité pour la suppression des obstacles à l'expansion économique", which translates as "Report on suppressing barriers to economic growth".

Rueff always remained a firm opponent of Keynes's ideas. His first critique appeared in the Economics Journal, on the issue of transfers; specifically, German war reparations. Jacques Rueff was against such transfers in the late 1930s. In 1947, he critiqued Keynes' magnum opus, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. In 1958, U.S. economist James Tobin became his main critic in the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Almost thirty years later, he explained his beliefs once more in "The End of the Keynesian Era", first published in the authoritative French newspaper, Le Monde.

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  • Rueff, Jacques; Armand, Louis (1960). Premier ministre, ed. Les obstacles à l'expansion économique (in French). Rapport présenté par le Comité institué par décret n°59-1284 du 13 novembre 1959. Paris. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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  1. ^ Benko, Ralph (2012-07-16). "Who Is The Most Important Economist Of The 20th Century?". Forbes. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pierre Blanchy
Minister of State of Monaco
1949–1950
Succeeded by
Pierre Voizard