сряда, 4 септември 2013 г.

В памет на Ronald Coase

Аз лично открих Ronald Coase късно - преди десетина години. Трудът му " The Problem of Social Cost" беше откровение за мен.
От многото коментари по повод на смъртта му, ми допадна този на D. Henderson. Ето кратък цитат от него:  

"Ronald Coase, who died on Labor Day at age 102, was one of the most unusual economists of the 20th century. He won the Nobel Prize in 1991 for his insights about how transactions costs affect real-world economies. In a 75-year career he wrote only about a dozen significant papers, and he used little or no math. Yet his impact was profound.

In his early 20s, Coase was a socialist, but he had a trait that few socialists have: curiosity about how economies work. On a trip to the United States from his native Britain in 1931 and 1932, he dropped in on perennial Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas, and he visited Ford and General Motors. How, he wondered, could economists say that Lenin was wrong to believe that the Russian economy could be run like one big factory, when some big firms in the U.S. seemed to run well?"

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