The Review of Austrian Economics

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 81–93

Relaxing benevolence: public choice, socialist calculation, and planner self-interest

Authors

    • Department of EconomicsUniversity of Canterbury
  • Andrew Farrant
    • Department of EconomicsDickinson College
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11138-006-6095-7

Cite this article as:
Crampton, E. & Farrant, A. Rev Austrian Econ (2006) 19: 81. doi:10.1007/s11138-006-6095-7

Abstract

The Austrian calculation argument suggests that inability to engage in economic calculation worsened outcomes in socialist states. We suggest that this is hardly the case. When Austrian assumptions of benevolence are relaxed, inability to engage in economic calculation prevents the non-benevolent planner from fully extracting all available surplus from the citizenry. Consequently, when planners are non-benevolent, calculation ceases to be a relevant argument against the desirability of central planning; its normative force reverses absent benevolent planners.

Keywords

BenevolenceCalculationPlanning
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