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Before Hitler: The Expansionary Programme of the Brauns Commission

  • Antonio Magliulo
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Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)

Abstract

In spring 1931, Friedrich Hayek sent an article to Wilhelm Röpke, who at that time was the most authoritative member of the ‘Brauns Kommission,’ a board of experts appointed by Heinrich Bruning’s government to put forward proposals that might reduce the dramatic rise in unemployment. The Commission had just published a Report containing guidelines for an expansionary policy based on public works. This chapter provides the stylized facts that characterize the business cycle in which the Great Depression is embedded; examines the expansionary programme put forward by the Brauns Commission; Hayek’s criticism and Röpke’s defence; and explains how Heinrich Brüning’s government (30 March 1930–30 May 1932), after considering the Brauns (and Lautenbach) Plans, decided to continue with their deflationary policy. Adolf Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsUNINT UniversityRomeItaly

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