Roy Harrod

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Roy Harrod
Born (1900-02-13)13 February 1900
London
Died 8 March 1978(1978-03-08) (aged 78)
Holt, Norfolk
Nationality British
School/tradition Post-Keynesian economics
Alma mater New College, Oxford
Influences John Maynard Keynes, John A. Hobson
Influenced Athanasios Asimakopulos
Contributions Harrod–Domar model

Sir Henry Roy Forbes Harrod (13 February 1900 – 8 March 1978) was an English economist. He is best known for his biography of John Maynard Keynes and the development of the Harrod–Domar model, which he and Evsey Domar developed independently. He is also known for his International Economics, a former standard textbook, the first edition of which contained some observations and ruminations (wanting in subsequent editions) that would foreshadow theories developed independently by later scholars (such as the Balassa–Samuelson effect).

Biography[edit]

Born in London[1] he attended St Paul's and then Westminster School. Harrod attended New College in Oxford on a history scholarship. After a brief period in the Artillery in 1918 he gained a first in "literae humaniores" in 1921, and a first in modern history the following year. Afterwards he spent some time in 1922 at King's College, Cambridge. It was there that he met and befriended Keynes.[citation needed]

After moving back to Oxford, he became a Student (i.e., Fellow) and Tutor in economics at Christ Church. He held the fellowship in modern history and economics until 1967. He was still in contact with Keynes and was later his biographer. He was additionally a Fellow at Nuffield College 1938 to 1947 and from 1954 to 1958.

During the Second World War, he was briefly in Winston Churchill's "S-branch" – a statistical section within the Admiralty.

At the 1945 General Election he stood as Liberal candidate for Huddersfield and finished third.

After retiring in 1967, he moved to Holt, Norfolk.

Interviewed for the book Authors take Sides on Vietnam, Harrod declared himself a supporter of the American military campaign in Indochina.[2]

Assar Lindbeck, the former chairman of the Nobel Prize Committee, wrote that Harrod would have been awarded a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences if he had lived longer.[3]

Harrod married Wilhelmine Cresswell (Billa) (1911–2005), step-daughter of General Sir Peter Strickland, in 1938.[4] One of their sons was Dominick Harrod, an economics correspondent for the BBC.[5]

Contributions to Endogenous Money Theory[edit]

Although Harrod is typically remembered for his contributions to growth theory with his Harrod-Domar growth model some argue that he was the first Post-Keynesian economist to provide a detailed institutional exposition of the theory of endogenous money. In his book Money he provides a detailed institutional discussion of how the contemporary monetary system operates. He highlights, among other things: that loans create deposits; that central banks attempt to control the level of economic activity through the influence they exert on interest rates; and that central banks automatically extend funds when government borrowing puts upward pressure on interest rates. This last point discredits the mainstream views on crowding out and makes Harrod an early progenitor of the Modern Monetary Theory school of economics.[6]

List of works[edit]

  • "Doctrines of Imperfect Competition," Quarterly Journal of Economics 48 (May 1934), 442–470.
  • "The expansion of Credit in an Advancing Community", Economica NS 1 (August 1934), 287–299.
  • The Trade Cycle (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1936).
  • "Utilitarianism Revised," Mind 45 (April 1936), 137–156.
  • "Mr. Keynes and Traditional Theory," Econometrica NS 5 (January 1937), 74–86.
  • "Scope and Method of Economics," Economic Journal 48 (Sept. 1938), 383–412.
  • "An Essay in Dynamic Theory," Economic Journal 49 (March 1939), 14–33.
  • International economics (London: Nisbet, and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; New York: Harcourt and Brace). Five editions from 1933 to 1973.
  • Towards a Dynamic Economics (London: Macmillan, 1948)
  • The Life of John Maynard Keynes (London: Macmillan, 1951)
  • "Economic Essays" (London: Macmillan, 1952)
  • Foundations of Inductive Logic (1956).
  • The Prof: A Personal Memoir of Lord Cherwell (London, Macmillan, 1959)
  • "Domar and Dynamic Economics," Economic Journal 69 (September 1959), 451–464.
  • "Second Essay in Dynamic Theory," Economic Journal 70 (June 1960), 277–293.
  • "Themes in Dynamic Theory," Economic Journal 73 (September 1963), 401–421.
  • Sociology, Morals and Mystery, (London: Macmillan, 1970).
  • Economic Dynamics (London: Macmillan, 1973).
  • The Interwar Correspondence of Roy Harrod (Cheltenham: Elgar, 2003).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford DNB
  2. ^ Cecil Woolf and John Bagguley (editors),Authors Take Sides on Vietnam, Peter Owen, 1967,(p.49).
  3. ^ The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
  4. ^ Josceline Dimbleby Billa Harrod, The Guardian, 10 June 2005
  5. ^ Obituary: Dominick Harrod, telegraph.co.uk, 5 August 2013
  6. ^ Philip Pilkington, [1] A Brief History of the Bank of England's Endogenous Money Policies: An Ode to Roy Harrod, Fixing the Economists, 9 May 2014.

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