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This point was made at the beginning of the period by Boyarsky ([1961] p. 61) and at the end of it in the explanations that followed the CC's December 1971 criticism of the Institute of Economics. Secondly, as Schumpeter, Wiles and Pasinetti argued long ago, 'growth' is more important than 'choice'. This argument has been strongly emphasised by Karagedov. It has also been stated by Kats. In their policy proposals the optimal planners stress one half of the Ricardian legacy, the scarcity of resources and the importance of rent.

Mter the 20th Congress the application of quantitative methods in economic analysis and planning developed rapidly. The ideas of Kantorovich and TSEMI were controversial throughout this period, and their application proceeded slowly, but by the cnd of it they were being taught on a wide scale and had attained a solid organisational position within Soviet economic science. Research on optimal planning was coordinated by a Scientific Council of the Academy of Sciences, a central academic research institute existed, there were other institute's partly engaged on work in this field, and research workers aimed at applying the theory of optimal planning and functioning to particular problems were working in numerous departments and departmental institutes.

Professor Tsagolov in rebuttal argued that to distinguish between a descriptive political economy and a constructive political economy was incorrect. There was only one political economy, which was not a mere descriptive science because it formulated the laws characterising the essence of socialism (the basic law of socialism, the law of planned proportional development and so on). In addition there were some suggestions for improving planning practice. It was in this pigeon hole that he placed research on optimal planning.

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