Meeting Keynes at Bretton Woods

I now begin a promised series of posts over the next several weeks that will offer some extra comments and tidbits of material that did not make it into The Bretton Woods Transcripts.

As befitted a British lord (he was made Baron Keynes of Tilton in 1942), John Maynard Keynes’s style at the Bretton Woods conference was often lordly. The economist Gail Makinen recounted to me a chat he once had with the late Jacques Polak, a junior member of the Dutch delegation at Bretton Woods who later achieved eminence at the IMF. Makinen asked, “Did you meet Keynes?” Polak quipped, “I met Keynes, but I don’t know if Keynes met me.”

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