József Meszaros's article in the March issue of this journal employs some surprising and unusual methods of economics in an attempt to arrive at a deeper understanding of the operation and problems of the social-insurance pension system. Science indeed progresses as ideas at variance with dominant views shed doubts about the reality-explaining force of a period's mainstream thinking, prompting a search for more convincing and satisfying explanations. The breakthrough often comes from methods not previously employed that point out hitherto invisible relationships. The question is whether József Meszaros has made such a breakthrough by treating social-insurance pension systems as public goods and applying the apparatus of game theory. The author explains in the article why he is convinced that this has not been done.
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