605R. W. C. Mitchell to Harrod, 11 December 1936 [a]

Mitchell thanks Harrod for a copy of The Trade Cycle, which he will read only after having completed writing the parts of his Business Cycles: Analysis of Cyclical Behavior [1] regarding the matters which also concern Harrod; he will study the book "merely as suggesting working hypotheses that I ought to test, insofar as data are available for the purpose". The exchange continues at 615 R.

  1. 1. Refers to the NBER project of updating Mitchell's 1913 book on Business Cycles (Berkeley: University of California Press). It started in 1922, and its first product was a volume titled Business Cycles: The Problem and its Setting (New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1927); this was to be accompanied by a "theoretical volume", initially called The Rhythm of Business Activity, and by various volumes of statistical data. Later it was decided to include a further volume, in between the original two, on Business Cycles: The Analysis of Cyclical Behaviour, which however appeared in print only much later as Measuring Business Cycles, in collaboration with A. F. Burns (New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1946). The final volume was never completed; a fragment was published posthumously as What Happens During Business Cycles (New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1951).
    1. a. From 161 West Twelfth Street, [Cambridge, Mass.] # , TLS with autograph corrections, one page, in HP IV-1238-1254/10. Cc in WCMP C.


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