The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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White, Harry Dexter (1892–1948)

  • James M. Boughton
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Harry Dexter White (1892–1948) was an American economist who spent most of his career at the US Treasury and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Although he published very little, he wrote a large number of internal memoranda that reveal an innovative and practical approach to economic policy. White was a New Deal liberal whose economic philosophy spanned the late classical and early Keynesian eras. His major achievement was his design for the IMF, the institution that he helped bring into existence in 1946.


Bretton Woods system International monetary fund International monetary institutions Taussig, F. W. White, H. D 

JEL Classifications

B31 F33 F55 
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