RE: [OPE] constant returns to scale

From: Michael Williams <>
Date: Thu Oct 02 2008 - 03:56:20 EDT

OK, but it seems arbitrary to exclude these applied branches since what they apply is highly orthodox economics, and indeed industrial economics is not very applied.

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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Anders Ekeland
Sent: 02 October 2008 07:29
To: Outline on Political Economy mailing list
Subject: RE: [OPE] constant returns to scale

At 22:33 01.10.2008, you wrote:
>It is just wrong to say that IRS are not dealt with in current
>orthodox economics. Industrial/managerial/business economics are
>replete with tales of long-run average cost curves sloping down,
>perhaps to the full extent of the market, the implications of a
>minimum efficient scale large relative to the maximum extent of the
>market and so on, and the strategic implications of this.

Hi Michael,

This is just a question what one calls "orthodox economics", I do not
include ind/manag/biz economics in that concept, precisely because
they are concerned with real profit maximising and not ideological
exercises a la Samuelson, Arrow, Debreu and Hahn. And as you point
out these two schools of thought are worlds apart.


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