The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology publishes scholarly essays in the social sciences, with an emphasis on the intersection of sociology and economics. Also included are book reviews and profiles of historical figures.

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 4, October

An Analysis of Authors and Institutions Contributing to the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 1981-1993
I Introduction IN RECENT YEARS, economists and sociologists have devoted much effort to analyzing the publishing performance of academic journals. A justification for such studies is to assist potential authors in selecting journals suitable for the...
Henry George and the Reconstruction of Capitalism: An Address
WITH THE FALL OF THE IRON CURTAIN, people all over the world seem to be searching for a "Middle Way." Except in North Korea and Cuba, doctrinaire Marxism has been repudiated virtually everywhere, even by the left. Socialism has become passe. Its adherents...
Hunger 1993 Uprooted People: Third Annual Report on the State of World Hunger
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY rushes to a close with contradictory centripetal and centrifugal impulses. On the one hand, there is a conflagration of internal dissension, civil war and the disintegration of eastern european communist regimes; on the other, there...
Mobility and Gender in a Segmented Labor Market: A Closer Look
I Introduction A NUMBER OF STUDIES have examined differential labor market outcomes across gender groups focusing specifically on wage differentials (Polachek, 1979; England, 1982; Bergmann, 1989). An important and related issue in the labor market...
On Deficits and Debt
ONE MIGHT EXPECT that our ability to survive under the large Federal deficits of the Reagan and Bush administrations would have inoculated us against the fear of Federal deficits. But so far the inoculation has not proved effective. Perhaps we have a...
Rent Control and the Supply of Housing Services: The Brookline Massachusetts Experience
I Introduction AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC POLICY CONSIDERATION regarding rent control is the economic disincentive faced by real estate investors to maintain and improve their property. Using an asset valuation model, Smith (1988) shows that rent control...
Response of Professor Anthony J. Greco
PROFESSOR BOYD'S Comment on my article, "The Resale Price Maintenance Struggle: Its Legislative Updating," provides further updated legislative information, but does not make a convincing case that recent legislation aimed at outlawing resale price maintenance...
State Revenue Shortfalls: Budget Restraints and Policy Alternatives
I Introduction STATES RELIED primarily on expenditure cuts, tax increases, borrowing, and surplus reserves(1) to deal with budget deficits prior to the 1980's. Since then, contingency funds have emerged as a alternative strategy, with some arguing...
The Domestication of the Rubber Tree: Economic and Sociological Implications
The discovery of rubber is undoubtedly one of the greatest Indian contributions to modern civilisation.(1) I have been a rubber tapper; I am a rubber tapper. I live in stagnant, muddy swamps in the loneliness of the forest with my crew of malarial men...
The Practice of Buddhist Economics?: Another View
I The Question OVER RECENT YEARS there has been an increased interest in the relationship between religion and that most down to earth subject, economics. The reason for this developing debate is in itself of considerable interest, and is certainly...
The Resale Price Maintenance Struggle: A Comment
Introduction PROFESSOR ANTHONY J. GRECO, in a recent issue of this Journal (April, 1992, 173-86), provided a much needed update on recent attempts by the United States Congress to enact legislation aimed at further curbing the practice of resale price...
The Single Tax in Montreal and Toronto, 1880 to 1920: Successes, Failures and the Transformation of an Idea
I Introduction WHETHER TO SUFFER the slings and arrows of outraged citizens or not to increase the taxes is a choice often faced by governments. Taxation is a form of resource allocation, a shifting of resources suited to the aims and projects of a...
Unemployment and Property Crime: Not a Simple Relationship
I Introduction STRAIN THEORIES, such as Merton's (1938), contend that crime results when people are unable to achieve their goals through legitimate means. Consequently, these theories predict a strong positive relationship for unemployment and property...
United Nations Development Programme Press Release: May 25, 1993
NINETY PERCENT OF THE WORLD'S PEOPLE have no control over their lives, in spite of recent changes around the world favouring market economies, multi-party democracies and grass roots activities, says the Human Development Report 1993. "Many of today's...
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