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The First Serious OptimistA. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics$
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Ian Kumekawa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163482

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163482.001.0001

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Another War and a Fresh Start

Another War and a Fresh Start

(p.172) Chapter Seven Another War and a Fresh Start
The First Serious Optimist

Ian Kumekawa

Princeton University Press

This chapter recounts Pigou's life in the advent of World War II. Though the war did cement the practical importance of economists as advisors to the government, everywhere else Pigou looked, cherished foundations of his comfortable life were threatened or crumbling. Pigou himself had reached an age at which he found his own energies waning. Nevertheless, with the arrival of war, he began to search assiduously for things to do. So reticent to work for the government during the first war, he asked for “any” job to help the war effort during the second, composing reports for the government and eventually teaching for a stint at Harrow. And as the dust settled over Europe and Pigou confronted a changed Britain, he would find redemption, or at least consolation.

Keywords:   World War II, state apparatus, common people, Philip Noel-Baker, government, politics

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