Mathematical Methods and Planning



In this chapter we are no longer concerned to employ mathematical techniques merely to illuminate certain aspects of the theory of planning; instead, we shall be discussing those techniques and models which have actually been used in planning practice in one or other of the countries examined in this book. Accordingly the first three sections of the chapter are each devoted to the models applied in a single country; section 10.1 covers the Soviet Union, section 10.2 Hungary, and section 10.3 France. In each case one can enquire how far the introduction of mathematical methods into the planning process can actually lead to real improvements in the quality of planning and economic management. This is the subject of section 10.4, which concludes the chapter.


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© Martin Cave and Paul Hare 1981

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