Unlike the papers of some other great economists, those of Kenneth Arrow are being read and studied today with even greater care and attention than when they first appeared in the journals. The publication of his collected papers will therefore be welcomed by economists and other social scientists and in particular by graduate students, who can draw from them the deep knowledge and the discernment in selection of scientific problems that only a master can offer. The author has added headnotes to certain well-known papers, describing how he came to write them.
Although economic theory has been Kenneth Arrow's comparative advantage as well as his special interest, from time to time he has turned his attention to applied problems, often with unexpected results. A request from the Ford Foundation to write a survey of health economics led to his famous paper, "Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care," which raised for the first time many issues in the economics of information, particularly what are now called incentive compatibility issues. Other fruitful papers included in this volume deal with racial discrimination, the cost of oil imports, health insurance, environmental resources, and urban economics. Arrow's main interest in studying these disparate problems has been their potential source for new theory as well as their policy applications.
A past president of the American Economic Association, Kenneth J. Arrow was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science in 1972.
1. The Economic Cost to Western Europe of Restricted Availability of Oil Imports: A Linear Programming Computation 2. Comment on Duesenberry's "Portfolio Approach to the Demand for Money and Other Assets" 3. Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care 4. The Implications of Transaction Costs and Adjustment Lags in Health Insurance 5. The Effects of the Price System and Market on Urban Economic Development 6. Criteria, Institutions, and Function in Urban Development Decisions 7. Problems of Resource Allocation in United States Medical Care 8. Models of Job Discrimination 9. Some Mathematical Models of Race Discrimination in the Labor Market 10. Social Responsibility and Economic Efficiency 11. The Theory of Discrimination 12. Environmental Preservation, Uncertainty, and Irreversibility 13. The Combination of Time-Series and Cross-Section Data in Interindustry Flow Analysis 14. Economic Development: The Present State of the Art 15. Theoretical Issues in Health Insurance 16. Welfare Analysis of Changes in Health Coinsurance Rates 17. Optimal Pricing, Use, and Exploration of Uncertain Natural Resource Stocks Index