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The author is frankly seeking to promote the prosperity of the producers of farm products, the study being from the farmers' point of view. About half the book is devoted to tables and charts of statistical material by which he would establish a principle of price determination.
To the student of economic theory, the book is interesting because of its implications. While concerned with agricultural phenomena alone, the author develops a theory of price of general application. Underlying the whole discussion is the ideal of a normal or a just price which is not the outcome of consumers' competition but is a sum of costs of production. While at any given time in a free market, price will be determined by the interplay of supply and demand, in the long run and in a free market the tendency will be for this supply-and-demand price to conform to cost. However, it is possible by manipulation to prevent this conformity to cost with advantage to the dealer as distinguished from the producer. Therefore, producers should organize for price control that would neutralize the effect of the control which works now to their disadvantage.
To this point the argument is not new. The novelty appears in the method of determining costs of production which are applicable to the fixing of price. To ascertain the normal price of hogs, for example, it would be very difficult to sum up accurately the various elements of cost. Such a task is particularly difficult under the conditions which prevail on the farm as distinguished from the factory. But such accounting is not necessary. The chief component of the cost of hogs is the price of corn; and a definite ratio of corn to hogs, by weight, is technically established by feeding practice. By the use of this ratio the price of corn furnishes a ready test at all times of the equity or propriety of the current price of hogs. Likewise, the price of corn is in turn subjected to a test indicated by the ratio of a day's labor to bushels of output. In like manner all over the domain of agriculture these ratios can be worked out by experience and tests established. It then becomes the duty of farmers so to organize their selling methods that the actual prices will accord with the ideal.
It would not do to judge this book by the standards which one would apply to a text on the theory of value. The defects from such a point of view are quite obvious. For example, the interest charge on the price of land is one of the elements of cost of corn. The author admits a doubt as to the permanency of such prices as prevail today and he also doubts whether sound public policy would permit an indefinite rise in land prices. But the theoretical relation of land rent to corn prices does not concern him in so far as the reviewer is able to see.
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