Welfare Economics and Second-Best Theory

A Distortion-Analysis Protocol for Economic-Efficiency Prediction

Authors: Markovits, Richard S.

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  • Develops and legitimates a new protocol for economic-efficiency analysis
  • Investigates the implications of the General Theory of Second Best for economic-efficiency analysis
  • Illustrates how its third-best protocol differs from the various protocols economists currently use 
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This book examines the implications of The General Theory of Second Best for analyzing the economic efficiency of non-government conduct or government policies in an economically efficient way.  It develops and legitimates an economically efficient economic-efficiency-analysis protocol with three unique characteristics: First, the protocol focuses separately on each of a wide variety of categories of economic inefficiency, many of which conventional analyses ignore. Second, it analyzes the impact of conduct or policies on each of these categories of economic inefficiency, primarily by predicting the respective conduct’s/policy’s impact on the distortion that the economy’s various Pareto imperfections generate in the profits yielded by the resource allocations associated with the individual categories of economic inefficiency—i.e., on the difference between their profitability and economic efficiency.  And third, it is third-best—i.e., it instructs the analyst to execute a theoretical or empirical research project if and only if the economic-efficiency gains the project is expected to generate by increasing the accuracy of economic-efficiency conclusions exceed the predicted allocative cost of its execution and public financing.  The book also uses the protocol to analyze the economic efficiency of specific policies so as to illustrate both how it differs from the protocols that most applied welfare economists continue to use and how its conclusions differ from those produced by standard analysis.


About the authors

Richard Markovits holds a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics and an L.L.B. from Yale Law School.  He currently holds the John B. Connally Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School. He has taught at several other law schools and economics faculties in both the United States and Germany.  From 1981-1983, he was Co-Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Wolfson College, Oxford.  His research chiefly focuses on Welfare Economics, Industrial Organization, Jurisprudence, and Constitutional Law.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction to The General Theory of Second Best, Its Central Implications, and the Appropriate Way to Respond to It

    Pages 1-33

    Markovits, Richard S.

  • The Economics Profession’s Responses to The General Theory of Second Best: Descriptions and Critiques

    Pages 35-95

    Markovits, Richard S.

  • The Concept of the Impact of a Choice (or Natural Event) on Economic Efficiency

    Pages 97-108

    Markovits, Richard S.

  • “First-Best,” “Second-Best,” and “Third-Best”: Definitions, Elaborations, and Other Economists’ Usages

    Pages 109-116

    Markovits, Richard S.

  • The Symbols for Various Pareto Imperfections, Private and Allocative Concepts, Categories of Resource-Uses, and Categories of Resource Allocations

    Pages 117-124

    Markovits, Richard S.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Welfare Economics and Second-Best Theory
Book Subtitle
A Distortion-Analysis Protocol for Economic-Efficiency Prediction
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43360-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43360-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43359-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 356
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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