Essays

Few Americans, even those who know a bit about Sweden, have ever heard of the Swedish economist, Gosta Rehn. Nor have they heard of the so-called Rehn model named after him. But understanding the controversial Rehn model is crucial to understanding where Sweden has come from and where it may be going. First, the Rehn model of the economy has embodied Sweden's recipe for combining economic growth with in-creased wage equality-and full employment with controlled inflation. It has also illustrated t...

rce Government Printing

Office,
Money
and
The Pursuit of Plenty
in America
As the United States recovers from its worst recession since the 1930s, economists and other scholars continue to seek new data on the changing patterns of family earning, spend- ing, and "status" in America. Scholars have reached general agreement on at least one point: In 25 years, for all its defects, the growing U.S. "consumer economy" has brought most American adults (and even most American p...

During the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s, Harvard sociologist Carle Zimmerman took a close look at the "American standard of living" and made some startling pre- dictions for the future. In regard to the increased urbaniza- tion, commercialization, and social mobility of that time, Zimmerman wrote: If a standard of living consists of values to be found entirely in the oods which the individual consumes, we shall proba %ly continue our present sensational t pe of life as l...

MONEY Future scholars, using computers to sort the masses of data now being gathered, may, for the first time, be able to write the full story of the fac- tors that determine success or failure in the pursuit of material well-being in America. Such a synthesis would be an invaluable addition to existing ac-counts, some of which are described below, of how Americans earn and spend and change their economic status. Most professional journals and text-books on economics give more attention to growth,...

ATEGIC ARMS CONTROL

ARMS CONTROL
"THE AMERICAN WAY"

The modern arms control community in the United States was born in the late 1950s. Its family tree exhibited two very dissimilar roots. On the one hand, there was the nuclear- scientific group that had designed the means for mass de-struction and had begun to feel guilty about its technical triumphs; on the other, there was the small but rapidly growing group of "defense intellectuals" who did not feel personally or co...

Reviews of new research public agencies and private institutions 'The State of Academic Science" Based on a Study by the National Science Foundation, Change Magazine Press, NBW Tower, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801. 250 pp. $5.95. Authors: Bruce L. R. Smith and Joseph J. Karlesky. Academic science retains the declining in several fields (physics, strength and vitality that have made chemistry, mathematics), and some such exceptional contributions to departments-as well as individual America's overall...

the Stanford Arms Control Group, edited John H. Barton and Lawrence
D. Weiler (Stanford, 1976, cloth & paper). Mention is made of Isaiah 2:4 (8th century B.c.), "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks"; of a disarmament conference of 14 feudal states held in 546 B.C. in Honan, China, ending a 70-year series of wars; of pre-Renaissance "rules of warfare" (includ- ing the Mohammedan ban on poison-ing wells); of Columbia University...

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