Samuel Milner

Doctoral Candidate, Yale University

    Samuel Milner is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Yale University. His dissertation, "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Business, Government, and Wage-Price Policy, 1945-1980," explores the limits of postwar managerial flexibility by examining how American businesses adapted the institutions of the New Deal-era to the economic challenges that they faced after World War II.  Initially, the federal government permitted the private sector to experiment with the transformation of collective bargaining into what were known as "wage-price policies," but by the late 1950s and early 1960s, policymakers charged that these private efforts generated inflation. As the federal government increasingly asserted its control over wage-price policy and implemented various approaches to incomes policies, it clashed with the business executives who desired more conventional forms of macroeconomic intervention to stabilize the economic environment.

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