Causes of Growth and Stagnation in the World Economy by Nicholas Kaldor

By Nicholas Kaldor

Those lectures include a masterful summing up of Nicholas Kaldor's critique of the principles of mainstream financial thought. they supply a truly transparent account of his theoretical buildings on local changes, basic manufacturers and brands, and on differing industry constructions and the most likely process costs and amounts in numerous markets through the years. the 1st 4 lectures are thinking about conception, heritage and clarification; the 5th contains an in depth set of built-in coverage proposals.

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The small percentage of mankind who survived would, in these circumstances, multiply progressively as gradually more of the earth's surface became fit again for human habitation. Malthus was denounced by Marx, among others, as an outand-out reactionary since the proposition that only misery and starvation can impose a limit to the density of population carried the message that anything done to alleviate or improve the lot of the poor, or to increase the fertility of the soil, would cause extra population growth until, on a per capita basis, things became as bad as they were before.

Later economists introduced the idea of changing modes of production due to the change of technical or scientific knowledge as something which is largely exogenous to the economic system - it may go on at a certain rate in time but its occurrence is independent of economic pressures. Yet the one thing that seems clear to us now is that technological progress, whether it is of the land- or the labour-saving kind, is no more exogenous than population growth itself. If the growth of population presses against the means of subsistence owing to increasing scarcity of land (or more generally, of natural resources), voyages of discovery will be stimulated and a lot of new land discovered, as happened in the 15th and 16th centuries.

It is difficult to visualise, therefore, that the labour supply should be the effective constraint on production in any particular "economy", except for short periods which do not leave time for the consequential movement in theflowof labour as between geographical locations or as between industries or sectors. The meaning of the term "economy" is capable of numerous interpretations. It may refer to an area united by a single political sovereignty; and no doubt this is the meaning which writers most frequently have in mind.

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