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Eficiencia y Distribución

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  • Juan Carlos De Pablo

Si no hay de todo, para todos, gratis; si más es mejor que menos; y si con los recursos productivos se puede hacer más de una cosa, entonces la eficiencia es importantísima. ¿Por qué, entonces, observamos "tanta" ineficiencia en la realidad? Respuestas posibles: porque los economistas estamos equivocados; porque estamos en lo correcto, pero no nos sabemos explicar; porque estamos en lo correcto, pero que el mensaje le llegue a los decisores toma tiempo; porque la eficiencia colisiona con, por ejemplo, la distribución desde el punto de vista de las decisiones públicas, dado que éstas se basan en beneficios y costos políticos, y no en beneficios y costos económicos; etc. Echar luz sobre esta cuestión es el objetivo del presente trabajo. Difícilmente algo de lo que se afirma aquí resulte novedoso; si hay algún mérito, consiste en ocuparse de un tópico muy relevante, que la profesión -y el público en general- deberían tener más claro.

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Paper provided by Universidad del CEMA in its series CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. with number 301.

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Date of creation: Aug 2005
Handle: RePEc:cem:doctra:301
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  1. Kahn, Alfred E, 1979. "Applications of Economics to an Imperfect World," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 69(2), pages 1-13, May.
  2. Samuelson, Paul A, 1977. "A Modern Theorist's Vindication of Adam Smith," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 67(1), pages 42-49, February.
  3. R. G. Lipsey & Kelvin Lancaster, 1956. "The General Theory of Second Best," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 24(1), pages 11-32.
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