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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Schuettinger ,. Eamonn Butler. By special arrangement with the authors, the Mises Institute is thrilled to bring back this popular guide to ridiculous economic policy from the ancient world to modern times.

This outstanding history illustrates the utter futility of fighting the market process through legislation, which always uses despotic measures to yield socially catastrophic results. The book covers By special arrangement with the authors, the Mises Institute is thrilled to bring back this popular guide to ridiculous economic policy from the ancient world to modern times.

It also includes a very helpful conclusion spelling out the theory of wage and price controls. This book is a treasure, and super entertaining! Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.

Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 24, Todd rated it really liked it Shelves: economics. Although it has its flaws, it ought to be required reading in this era of "free stuff. While a good portion of the book draws from such historical examples, it is definitely a take from the discipline of economics vice history. The author mainly draws from secondary sources, which suits his purpose fine.

Where he does venture into primary sour Although it has its flaws, it ought to be required reading in this era of "free stuff. Where he does venture into primary sources, he shows his inexperience or perhaps just personal biases, or both.

For instance, he questions a contemporary Christian's account of Diocletian's policies owing to the assumed hostility of Christians to Diocletian, while just little further along, Schuettinger quotes a British account of German economic policies, with no mention of the fact that those two nations were in the heat of battle against one another.

Schuettinger does make use of reasonably good footnotes and provides a select bibliography, making his work a good starting point for further research if one really wishes to delve deeper into the historical side. As for the economics in the book, it is written at the popular level, one need not have any background in the topic to grasp his point. Despite the book's age, contemporary examples such as Venezuela continue to validate the very simple lesson of the book: Centralized planning regularly appears in every generation and is just as readily discarded after several years of fruitless experimentation, only to rise again on a subsequent occasion.

Politically, too much power is concentrated in the hands of the government and the people become accustomed to relying upon government to accomplish goals which can best be done by the workings of individual initiative and the free market Economically speaking, The Specatator and other journals observed that in times of increasing demands and decreasing supplies, high prices are necessary.

They act as a rationing system, checking consumption and channeling goods into areas where they can be most productively used.

Second, controls create shortages. That said, the sad conclusions of the author and the writer of the forward, David Meiselman , tend to indicate that even widespread reading of this work might accomplish nothing. Meiselman's remarks are worth quoting at length: First-hand experience of most of us with wage and price controls in our own lifetimes in addition to the lessons of history and of validated propositions in economics so skillfully catalogued in this book would seem to be more than sufficient to convince the public and government officials that price and wage controls simply do not work.

However, the unpleasant reality is that, despite all the evidence and analyses, many of us still look to price controls to solve or to temper the problem of inflation. Repeated public opinion polls show that a majority of U. If the polls are correct, and I have no reason to doubt them, it must mean that many of us have not yet found out what forty centuries of history tell us about wage and price controls.

Alternatively, it raises the unpleasant question, not why price controls do not work, but why, in spite of repeated failures, governments, with the apparent support of many of their citizens, keep trying. Jan 02, Sean Rosenthal rated it really liked it Shelves: economics , history , non-fiction. Interesting Quotes: "Egyptian workers during [the third century BC] suffered badly from the abuses of the state intervention of the economy, especially from the 'bronze law,' an economic theory which maintained that wages could never go above the bare necessities for keeping workers alive.

The controls on wages set by the government reflected the prevailing economic doctrine. This document records a sweeping reform of a whole series of prevalent abuses, most of which could be traced to a ubiquitous and obnoxious bureaucracy The theory was that this policy would reduce the expense of supplying the army and lighten the burden of the war upon the population.

The prices of uncontrolled goods, mostly imported, rose to record heights. Most farmers kept back their produce, refusing to sell at what they regarded as an unfair price. Some who had large families to take care of even secretly sold their food to the British who paid in gold. By the fall of the army was fairly well provided for as a direct result of this change in policy.

The rice crop in failed completely and fully a third of the population died. A number of scholars attribute this disaster primarily to the rigid policy of the government which was determined to keep the price of grains down rather than allow it to rise to its natural level.

A price rise, of course, would have been a natural rationing system permitting the available food to be stretched out until the next harvest. Without this rationing system, the reserve supplies were quickly consumed and millions died of hunger as a direct result.

Ninety-six years later, the province of Bengal was again on the verge famine. This time the procedure was completely different, as William Hunter relates: " 'Far from trying to check speculation, as in , the Government did all in its power to stimulate it.

In the earlier famine one could hardly engage in the grain trade without becoming amenable to the law. In respectable men in vast numbers went into the trade; for the Government, by publishing weekly returns of the rates in every district, rendered the traffic both easy and safe. Everyone knew where to buy grain cheapest and where to sell it dearest and food was accordingly bought from the districts which could best spare it and carried to those which most urgently needed it.

In the earlier case, price-fixing was enforced and a third of the people perished; in the latter case, the free market was allowed to function and the shortage was kept under control. Buen libro. May 25, L. The title gives the expectation of a more preth century look at this issue. Other than the misleading title, it is one incredible, and revealing book on how inflation is ignorantly popular for citizens, tyrannically precious for every politician, and unquestionably destructive for humans.

Con un gran tema a tratar esta obra se pierde en temas difusos y de poca relevancia. Very well researched, wish it was written in a more readable tone. Economics taught through history. A lesson no country is interested in learning. There must be a reason, a very powerful reason, why countries with so diverse types of government spanning from totalitarian to democratic have always and everywhere refused to accommodate to economic reality, preferring instead to accommodate -manipulate- economics into their utopian desires.

This, rather philosophical aspect of the issue, is what interests me most. The book, though, does not delve into the philosop Economics taught through history. The book, though, does not delve into the philosophical, nor does it look into the obtuseness or stubbornness of the human psyque.

It stays within the realm of economics. There are plenty of examples to pick from all over the world till today to show how futile our governments' attempts to control prices and fight inflation have been. The stories picked from the older times are, to me, the most interesting and easy ones to follow, from a layman's perspective.

Funny and ironic that the moral from this many thousand year story was best summed up by Nazi Goering himself during his interrogations by American officials, warning America not to follow the same futile and counter-productive economic path they had tried, and foreseeing -correctly- that his advice would be lost.

The day we can choose which country and system of government we want to live in, that day, perhaps, there will be a chance for the people to take "control", for good or bad, over their own lives and be free.

This is just a very amazing book. This book contains a very detailed analysis of both, past and relatively present, events which were dealt with the traditional price fixing, and its inevitable outcome: inflation.

If you live in a country where this kinds of controls are taking place, I would recommend you this book, so that you have an idea of the kind of the outcomes that are likely to take place.

This book serves as well as a magnificent way to unmask populist whose idea of economics is to try This is just a very amazing book. This book serves as well as a magnificent way to unmask populist whose idea of economics is to try to control these sorts of things without a prior knowledge on the subject.

A big plus is the length of the book. If you're not an avid reader, or you're just starting in this very beautiful world, and want to start by knowing a widely known event in economics: then this is a good book to start with. The detailed record of places where these measures were taken should serve as enough proof as why they are not likely to work in a near future. I wish this was more widely read. The historic record is just so clear.

Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls: How Not to Fight Inflation

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The Mises Institute is thrilled to bring back this popular guide to ridiculous economic policy from the ancient world to modern times. This outstanding history illustrates the utter futility of fighting the market process through legislation. It always uses despotic measures to yield socially catastrophic results. It also includes a very helpful conclusion spelling out the theory of wage and price controls. A must for politicians; before they decide to try to put the enconomy right!

Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls: How Not to Fight Inflation

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Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls: How Not to Fight Inflation (LvMI)

Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls: How Not to Fight Inflation

A wage standard of 7 percent was announced with various exceptions. Subsequently, a tripartite Pay Advisory Committee was established with a vague charter to support the 7 percent target. Congress never enacted the Carter tax program, and the Reagan administration quickly abandoned wage-price interventions altogether, relying on tight monetary policy at the Federal Reserve to reduce inflation. Post-Korean wage-price interventions were based heavily on notions of wage-push and wage-price spirals. But starting in the mids, the union share of the workforce had begun to decline, a process that accelerated during the Reagan years and continued thereafter. In much of the developed world, similar union declines occurred.

Bernard C. The National Industrial Recovery Act purportedly failed because it raised real wages and lowered employment. Beaudreau on the other hand argued that it should be seen as a policy response to technological change-based excess capacity and insufficient purchasing power. However, if wages lagged behind productivity growth, why did the National Industrial Recovery Act fail to increase employment and output? This article shows that the chosen policy instruments e.

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