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By John Davoll (auth.), Dietrich F. Burkhardt, William H. Ittelson (eds.)

Neglect of the relation among the socio-economic process and its common atmosphere has had harmful outcomes some time past, for instance - the toxins of the traditional atmosphere (water, air and soil) via generating, utilizing and eating the goods of our industrialized economic system, - the forseeable exhaustion of usual assets by way of carrying on with the rise of business construction. lots of the fresh actions, either in examine and in adminis­ tration, opposed to those affects were technically orientated, with the purpose of stimulating and introducing new applied sciences of produc­ tion and new items to decrease the environmental toxins. yet those efforts, that are in fact helpful, can't be winning in imminent the purpose - which may still and needs to within the long term view be outlined because the improvement of society in stability with the common surroundings. for that reason, as well as an check­ ment of applied sciences, emphasis could be wear an evaluation of socio-economic structures. On di~~erent degrees, person and social personal tastes confirm amounts and features of construction and intake utilizing cost effective values, e.g., marketplace costs as regula­ tors. Following this argumentation, an atmosphere evaluate of actions opposed to toxins has specifically to contemplate the social reaction to environmental affects. after all, this subject has to be a subject matter of interdisciplinary examine. The problem involved during this context is to extend the data of the connection among social, monetary and tech­ nical subsets.

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In order to obtain a solution we minimize the deviations between the realized and desired values for both the targets and the instruments. If the quadratic criterion is chosen we have to solve the following program: (4 • 4) . ( Yt-Yt ~) Min ' Q( Yt-Yt~) + (~ Xt-Xt ), R(xt-xt~ ) subject to: Yt = AXt + b t Where Q and R are a priori specified matrices of dimension (1x1) and (kxk) of "welfare weights". DEMO-ECONOMIC POLICY SIMULATIONS 41 RUSSELL and SMITH (24) suggested that it was not necessary to define a welfare function when we have more instruments than targets.

However, such studies have not yet shown any remarkable results. Difficulties of a similar extent are encountered when new technologies are introduced by way of the free play of the market forces. Those who want to be suceessful, must either "be in command of the free play of these forces" or they must try to "organize chance". In general, the introduction of novel technologies destroys a number of customary and well-established rules of conduct, and we are forced to set up new rules of conduct and to reassess the old ones.

8) and Hl produce a considerable "ageing effect" of the population in the non-terminal state. 0) while H4(26) leads to great fluctuations in the age structure ratios. As regards the ageing index (65+/0 - 14) model H4(52) also approaches the level of the terminal stationary state but then only in the very long run (since it takes a very long time before the initial perturbations in age structure are completely levelled off). 4 1ID1 1980 Figure I. 2000 mo 2040 Evolution of the index of ageing in the eight population models.

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