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Information, Incentives and the Economics of Control

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  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521022798

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About the Authors
  • This book examines methods for controlling or guiding a sector of the economy that do not require all the apparatus of economic planning or rely on the vain hope of sufficiently "perfect" competition, but instead rely entirely on the self-interest of economic agents and voluntary contract. The methods involved require trial-and-error steps in real time, with the target adjusted as the results of each step become known. The author shows that the methods are equally applicable to industries that are wholly privately owned, wholly nationalized, mixed or labor-managed.

    • Advanced monograph by a respected theorist looking at how industries can be guided to optimal performance without central planning or reliance on the market
    • Archibald is a well-known figure, widely published in the journals
    • This an interesting subject, made more topical by the collapse of the command economies in Eastern Europe and the search for other alternatives to pure market forces
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Archibald's book is timely: its contents throw light on several important current debates which are being argued within frameworks less appropriate than the one he sets out...this is a short, insightful, and timely book in a distinguished interventionist intellectual tradition in the area of public policy and public institutions." Geoffrey Heal, Journal of Economic Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521022798
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.255kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introductory:
    1. Two preliminary matters
    2. Extended preferences
    Part II. Iterative Controls:
    3. Feedback control processes
    4. First example: an externality problem
    5. Second application of the control process: Lerner's problem
    6. Third example of the control process: implementation of a second-best solution
    7. Two examples of the control process in a mixed economy
    Part III. Non-convexities:
    8. Non-convexities in the technology
    9. Non-convexity and optimal product choice
    Part IV. Cooperatives:
    10. Pareto-improvements and cooperatives
    11. Achieving pareto-efficiency in the LMF
    12. Risk-sharing in Illyria (the ELMF)
    Appendix: the taxation of economic rent

  • Author

    G. C. Archibald, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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