More on the Kurt Schuler Treasury Bretton Woods find

I am honored to have served as Kurt’s Ph.d advisor.  He recently found the original Bretton Woods archival manuscripts, hidden away in Treasury, here is that story, written up by Annie Lowrey at The New York Times.  Excerpt:

“Everyone thinks they know what happened at Bretton Woods, but what they know has been filtered by generations of historical accounts,” Barry Eichengreen, a professor or economics and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement. “International monetary history will never be the same.”

The transcript provides “insight in how it was that they were able to maintain a pace of work which allowed them to reach two really big agreements, on the I.M.F. and the World Bank, within a space of three weeks,” Mr. Schuler said. “Keynes was something of a task master,” he added.

Perhaps the Eurozone — among others — could take a lesson from that.

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“Keynes was something of a task master” - "I expect your essay in my pigeon hole by eight tomorrow morning" does that to people.

“International monetary history will never be the same” - "And without cliches if you please, Mr Eichengreen".

What was your student doing, anyway, looking through archives? I have been taught real economists don't worry about trivial things like historical facts. Rather we worry about finding "equilibrium", coming up with "strategies" for "identification" and, recently, "calibrating" models to fit data.

:P

will these documents be in the public domain soon?

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