Lange and Hayek Revisited: Lessons from Czech Voucher Privatization
AbstractA fundamental question in economics since the 1930s has been whether an administrative price system could simulate the results of perfect competition even without a true market for the means of production. The theoretical possibility of such a system has been known since the introduction of market socialism by Oskar Lange. We have used the artificial bidding market involved in the Czech voucher privatization process to test whether a sequential process of trial-and-error can set administrative prices close to equilibrium. It would appear from this natural experiment that Robbins and Hayek were correct in doubting the real-world feasibility of market socialism.
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Bidding scheme; Oskar Lange’s model; Privatization; Price setting; Voucher scheme;
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- Jan Hanousek & Randall K. Filer, 2000. "Lange and Hayek Revisited: Lessons from Czech Voucher Privatization," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp166, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.
- P00 - Economic Systems - - General - - - General
- P22 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Prices
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