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Tuesday, March 06, 2007 

Reversal of Fortunes, or…. (Price Control System in St-Maarten)
The debates over Price Controls can be contentious at least, to very divisive in the first place, as it involves many distinctive views vis-à-vis the policy alternatives needed to level the playing field.
For instance in most forms or attempts of regulations, protagonists find themselves mired in tugs-of-war over the advantages/disadvantages of price regulations that often tend to fall within the realms of political discourses.

Thus, avenues that tend to point toward unsettling directions for policies, which at times appear to be based more on politics rather than sound economics.
And within this paradigm, the effectiveness of policy measures has to take into consideration certain set of indicators whether in terms of short-run benefits or for the pursuit of dynamic efficiency.
These questions altogether bound in the hands of policy-makers and analysts instill enough sweat-making pre-dispositions to weigh the relationships behind the role of monopoly pricing power, competition, prices and quantity, and market equilibrium to debunk the fundamentals of right policies.

These elements are no stranger to the current questions underway in St-Maarten about the adaptation of Consumer Protection Policies, and price controls of basic commodities. More >>>

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Christopher Emanuel’s complaint about the need for more effective enforcement when it comes to government control of the prices of certain items has some merit, election or no election.

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