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Designing Efficient Policies in a Regional Economy. A MCDM-CGE Approach

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Since policy makers usually pursue several conflicting objectives, policy making can be understood as a multicriteria decision problem. Following the methodological proposal in André and Cardenete (2005), we use multiobjective programming in connection with a computable general equilibrium model to represent optimal policy making and to get so-called efficient policies in an application to a regional economy (Andalusia, Spain). We illustrate the solution of two bicriteria problems (unemployment vs. inflation and growth vs. unemployment) from which we get a new reading of two classical results: the Phillips curve and the Okun law. Finally, we enlarge the scope of the exercise by solving a problem with five objectives and discuss the efficient solutions that can be obtained in this context.

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Paper provided by Centro de Estudios Andaluces in its series Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces with number E2006/03.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cea:doctra:e2006_03

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Keywords: Public Policy; Multicriteria Decision Making; Computable General Equilibrium Model; Efficient Policy.;

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  1. Francisco J. André & Manuel Alejandro Cardenete, 2005. "Multicriteria Policy Making. Defining Efficient Policies in a General Equilibrium Model," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2005/04, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
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  1. Francisco J. André & M. Alejandro Cardenete, 2009. "Efficient Economic and Environmental Policies Combining Multicriteria Techniques and General Equilibrium Modelling," Working Papers 09.08, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.

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