Price Theory pp 354-388 | Cite as

Normative Price Theory

  • W. J. L. Ryan
  • D. W. Pearce


It should be clear from the previous chapters that the resources of an economy can be allocated in a near-infinite number of ways. Strictly, ‘positive’ economics concerns itself only with factual statements about the effects of one allocation rather than another. It makes no attempt to evaluate different allocations in terms of criteria of what is good or bad. The function of evaluating allocations is reserved for ‘normative’ economics, more popularly called welfare economics.


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© W. J. L. Ryan and D. W. Pearce 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. L. Ryan
    • 1
  • D. W. Pearce
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DublinEireIreland
  2. 2.University of AberdeenUK

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