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By Tracy Mott, Nina Shapiro

This assortment honours the paintings of the eminent economist Josef Steindl. Steindl's paintings is illuminated via a serious appraisal of its imperative constructs with a spotlight on its relevance to present fiscal stipulations. This assortment charts the considering one of many major fiscal theorists of the 20 th century.

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The distinction is quite purposeful, as Steindl’s analysis of firm growth and the tendency toward industry concentration 23 Small and Big Business opens with an attack on this Marshallian tradition (Steindl 1945b, chapter 1). Thus, the following evaluation of Steindl’s contribution to the analysis of firm growth and industry concentration emphasizes his treatment of diversity among firms. By formalizing his analysis of random events as the source of diversity in the process of firm growth, Steindl is able to distinguish the steady state for the distribution of firm size from the diffusion process leading to that steady state.

It would also help redirect our attention to the temporal structure favored by Adam Smith, a broader and longer view within which the local and more limited processes can begin to make sense. Economics needs the longer view of Smith and Marx. Unfortunately, the analytical framework that has attracted those interested in a classically inspired theory is one that tends to set the longer view aside rather than make it central to the understanding of the economic process. Rethinking capitalist development 18 Acknowledgments I would like to thank Harry Bloch, Tracy Mott and Nina Shapiro for comments on an earlier draft of this chapter.

Yet, neither the analysis of risk nor the analysis of technical progress formally models the mechanics of random influences. Formal models of random influences on firm growth are examined in Steindl’s Random Processes and the Growth of Firms (1965). Here, Steindl treats a firm’s growth in any period as a random event. He assumes the random events for each firm are identically and independently distributed in each period, so that the movement of the distribution of firm size over time is modeled as a stochastic process.

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