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By G. C. Archibald

This publication examines tools for controlling or guiding a zone of the economic climate that don't require all of the gear of financial making plans or depend upon the useless desire of sufficiently "perfect" festival, yet as a substitute depend fullyyt at the self-interest of monetary brokers and voluntary agreement. The tools concerned require trial-and-error steps in genuine time, with the objective adjusted because the result of each one step develop into identified. the writer indicates that the tools are both appropriate to industries which are utterly privately owned, utterly nationalized, combined or labor-managed.

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What is required, as part of the control process, is selection of an index or Criterion Function, easily observable during the process, and with the property that success - or at least improvement - is indicated by it. Thus, though the object is generally an increase in welfare, or the achievement of some goal thought to be associated with efficiency, the Criterion Function need not necessarily be a welfare index: it may be a surrogate. It is difficult, at this stage of the argument, to give examples.

The answer is no. Suppose that steel could earn rent while a CRS free-entry flower industry always tended to zero profit. Then a pollution tax would always reduce rent in steel while the flower industry would show zero profit and rent in equilibrium: we should always receive the signal that the tax should be zero. If, on the other hand, the flower industry could earn rent while steel tended to zero profit, we should never stop short of the tax at which pollution was zero. Thus the very simple case used for illustrative purposes in this chapter depends on a particular industrial location pattern.

The generalization to many dimensions is largely a matter of notation and rather tedious arithmetic: the insight is his. Let us write M R S 1 ^ ^ ) for agent ts MRS between a good (say, xlr) in his private consumption bundle and a public good (zs, say). The non-paternalist condition requires that this be equal to MRS J (^,£ S ) in an obvious extension of the notation. Similarly, it is required that MRS1'(*£,*;,) = MRSi(*j[,£s). We may evaluate one of these terms: 4 The only surprise here is the denominator, where S(- •) denotes the sum of the partial derivatives of z's social welfare function ^(XtZ), each weighted by the appropriate derivative^, where q ranges over the whole population.

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