Leon Henderson Papers, 1933-1955 | Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
Primary Creator: Henderson, Leon (1933-1955)
Extent: 25.37 Cubic Feet
This collection is comprised of the following series: National Recovery Administration Papers, Temporary National Economic Committee Papers-SEC Papers, Office of Price Administration Papers, War Production Board Papers, Post-War Papers, Post-War Activities-International Hudson Corp. Papers, Eight Scrapbooks, and Accretion.
An economist and consumer advocate outside of government during the initial months of the New Deal, Henderson openly criticized the NRA’s anti-consumer practices. This resulted in his being brought into the NRA’s Research and Planning Division as special adviser on consumer affairs. His studies of the inefficiencies and unfairness of the NRA pricing codes would help bring the NRA into disfavor and ultimate abolishment. He remained in government as an economics adviser to FDR, investigating monopolistic practices, and playing a significant role in the adoption of Keynesian economic theories by the government.
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