450R. J. M. Keynes to Harrod, 18 June 1935 [a]
Keynes anticipates that Harrod may be invited to a monetary conference in Antwerp in the second week of July, and asks him to accept in order to have "a pleasant party of a few days in Belgium" with Lydia, and Hubert and Faith Henderson.  The exchange continues at 452 R.
The meeting aimed at finding some common terms among famous economists on the means for stabilizing currencies and reviving international trade, in a context of serious differences in the policies pursued by different countries which were characterized by nationalism rather than international co-operation (Préface, in Compte-rendu des travaux de la Réunion d'économistes). The questions for discussion were:
Assuming the monetary problem to be solved, what are the prospects of a return to a greater freedom in trade, taking into account the evolution which has taken place in international trade during the last few years and structural changes which such an evolution does and may still entail? (Report of the proceedings of the Meeting of economists, p. 8).
Harrod was invited at Keynes's suggestion. Keynes was asked in January to take part in the conference by A. Le Jeune, and was invited to suggest the names of other British economist who could participate (JMK PS/6/21). Keynes at first suggested Henderson (10 January 1935, in JMK PS/6/22), Le Jeune inquired about Robertson (JMK PS/6/26-27), and Keynes added Kahn's name (28 March 1935, in JMK PS/6/28). The organizers of the conference decided to invite Henderson and Kahn (JMK PS/6/32), and Keynes forwarded the invitation to Kahn (9 April 1935, in JMK PS/6/33). Kahn seems to have accepted at first and later changed his mind, and it is at this point that Keynes put forward Harrod's name.
- a. From 46, Gordon Sq., Bloomsbury # , one page TLS with autograph correction and addition, in HP II-46. Cited by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, King's College, Cambridge.
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