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Published by Dept. of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass .
Written in English


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Edition Notes

StatementJeffrey E. Harris
SeriesWorking paper / Dept. of Economics -- no. 460, Working paper (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics) -- no. 460.
ContributionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics
The Physical Object
Pagination56 p. ;
Number of Pages56
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24629827M
OCLC/WorldCa17746920

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