In Growing Public, Peter Lindert suggests
that the welfare state may be a free lunch, and points to Sweden to
make the case. Here, Andreas Bergh empirically challenges Lindert’s
characterization of Sweden and the role Sweden plays in his argument.
Ronald Michener and Robert Wright rejoin the debate with Farley Grubb over money supply in colonial America.
Economics In Practice:The top journals have drastically reduced
critical commentary. Robert Whaples suggests an explanation, namely the
quest for citations to the journal. Philip Coelho and James McClure
respond with another explanation, the quest for citations to editorial
Do economists reach a conclusion on road pricing? Robin Lindsey
finds that on the main issue of using pricing to manage congestion,
there is a strong consensus among economists working in the field. But
there is little consensus on secondary issues—how to price road usage,
whether to subsidize, whether to earmark revenues, whether to privatize.
Character Issues:A previous article assessed the 1981 open
letter signed by 364 economists protesting the macroeconomic policy of
the Thatcher government. Philip Booth provides the list of signatories,
among them A.B. Atkinson, David Austen-Smith, Partha Dasgupta, Angus
Deaton, John Eatwell, Frank Hahn, Nicholas Kaldor, Mervyn King, J.E.
Meade, Andrew Oswald, Joan Robinson, Amartya Sen, and John Sutton.
Intellectual Tyranny of the Status Quo:The Real Bills Doctrine, Pro and Con: Richard Timberlake replies to Per Hortlund.