1st Edition

Economic Efficiency and Social Welfare (Routledge Revivals)
Selected Essays on Fundamental Aspects of the Economic Theory of Social Welfare

ISBN 9780415684972
Published September 30, 2012 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1981, Professor Mishan’s Economic Efficiency and Social Welfare: Selected Essays on Fundamental Aspects of the Economic Theory of Social Welfare is a collection of 22 pioneering essays written while the author was teaching at the London School of Economics and chosen to indicate landmarks in the development of his own thought. Professor Mishan, who also enjoys an international reputation as a popular writer on the impact of modern economic growth on social welfare, is among the foremost authorities in the field of resource allocation, and his influence in his subject area has been profound. Mishan’s essays, while generally accessible to the layman due to the author’s lucidity, his economy in the use of mathematical notation and his concern with perspective, are invaluable reading for the economics undergraduate. The essays are particularly relevant to upper level students of project appraisal, welfare economics and cost benefit analysis requiring a coherent survey of their field of study.

Table of Contents

PART 1: ECONOMIC CRITERIA  1. A Reappraisal of the Principles of Resource Allocation  2. Second thoughts on Second Best  3. The Recent Debate on Welfare Criteria  4. Welfare Criteria: Resolution of a Paradox  5. Economic Criteria for Intergenerational Comparisons  PART 2: ECONOMIC RENT OR SURPLUS  6. The Plain Truth About Consumer Surplus  7. Rent as a Measure of Welfare Change  8. What is Producer’s Surplus?  PART 3: EXTERNALITIES  9. Evaluation of Life and Limb: A Theoretical Approach  10. Interpretation of the Benefits of Private Transport  11. Pareto Optimality and the Law  12. What is the Optimal Level of Pollution?  13. The Postwar Literature on Externalities: An Interpretive Essay  PART 4: PROJECT EVALUATION  14. Flexibility and Consistency in Project Evaluation  15. The Use of Compensating and Equivalent Variations in Cost-Benefit Analysis  16. The Nature of Economics Expertise Reconsidered  17. The Use of DPV in Public Investment Criteria: A Critique  18. The Difficulty in Evaluating Long-lived Projects  PART 5: REFLECTIONS ON ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY AND SOCIAL WELFARE  19. What is Wrong With Roskill?  20. The Folklore of the Market: An Inquiry into the Economic Doctrines of the Chicago School  21. Do Economic Evaluations of Allocative Changes Have Any Validity in the West Today?  22. Whatever Happened to Progress?

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