Desire & Scarcity (was Re: Desire under the Elms)

Michael Pollak mpollak at
Sat Jan 29 08:46:47 PST 2000

On Fri, 28 Jan 2000, Brad De Long wrote:

> Or, as George Stigler put it:
> "It would be easy to provide everyone with a physiologically adequate
> diet; for example, a [hu]man could perhaps live for a year on the
> following diet, at a cost of about $8 a month in 1950:
> --370 pounds of wheat flour
> --57 cans of evaporated milk
> --111 pounds of cabbage
> --25 pounds of spinach
> --285 pounds of dried navy beans.

I'm just curious -- without salt or oil or yeast, what are we supposed to be doing with the wheat flour?

Michael __________________________________________________________________________ Michael Pollak................New York City..............mpollak at

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