Full text: A Portrait-Sketch of Michal Kalecki

His horizon widened when he became a Rockefeller fellow and 
went to Sweden. While he stayed there two of his friends and 
collegues at the Warsaw Institute were dismissed for political 
reasons by order of the minister. Kalecki thereupon resigned 
his position as a matter of solidarity. He never returned to 
Poland until after the war. 
In the course of 1936 he learned, with understandable 
disappointment, that a famous English economist had just 
published ideas which were very similar to his own. He then 
went to England, first to the London School, then to Cambridge; 
in 194o he obtained a job at the Oxford Institute of Statistics 
This was a haven for economists from the continent (including 
myself); most British economists were in the Civil Service then 
Kalecki became the guiding spirit of this team which 
consisted mainly of people with left wing (labour) sympathies. 
We worked on the economic problems of the war, but also 
on post-war problems. As seen from the present perspective our 
attitude to reformist economic policy was positivistic: We 
knew what we wanted and how it should be done. 
Near the end of the war Kalecki, seing that post-war Oxford 
would not offer him a Career or recognition of his work, 
left for the International Labour Office in Canada, and in 
1946 joined the staff of UNO as deputy director of a section 
of the Economic Department. He was responsible for the World 
Economic Reports. His stay at the UNO coincided with the

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