349. Joan Robinson to Harrod , 10 March 1934 [a]

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3, Trumpington Street, Cambridge #

10 March 1934 [b]

Dear Roy,

I heard it read as a paper to the Marshall Society, & if you'll forgive me, I don't want to plough thro' it again. [1] It certainly struck me at the time as a very weak mixture.

My spies at L. S. E. tell me that Robbins is "so much occupied with administration nowadays". Meanwhile Hicks is lecturing on the Treatise (heaven help him). [2]

I do admire the way you have managed to hack your way thro' Pigou. [3] I got completely sunk. Could you circulate a guide book? I am sure there is a mass of valuable stuff to be got out of it.

Yours

Joan Robinson

  1. 1. Refers to L. Robbins, "Remarks upon Certain Aspects of the Theory of Costs", Economic Journal XLIV, March 1934, pp. 1-18. The paper was delivered as a lecture before the Nationalökonomischen Gesellschaft in Vienna on 7 April 1933, and as "Addenda to the Cost Controversy" before the Marshall Society on 23 February 1933 (minutes in Marshall Society Papers, Marshall Library of Economics, Cambridge, Marsoc 1, page 209).

    2. During Lent Term 1934 Hicks taught "Advanced Economic Theory" to graduate students, while during Summer Term 1934 he taught "Problems of Monopoly" and "The Foreign Exchange and International Trade" to B.Sc. students. Keynes's Treatise on Money is not listed among the recommended books for any of these courses (London School of Economics, Announcements Lent Term 1933-34, Summer Term 1934 and Postgraduate Studies Session 1933-34).

    3. Refers to Harrod's "Professor Pigou's Theory of Unemployment" ( 1934:1 ).

    1. a. ALS, two pages on one leaf, in HP-IV-1089-1107. Envelope addressed to R. Harrod esq, [Christ Church], Oxford. Reproduced by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, King's College, Cambridge.

      b. Year read from the postmark.


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