The inability to agree on definitions ultimately can condemn economic analysis and debate to fruitless argumentation. The sharp interchange between Stigler and Leibenstein did little to clarify the issues surrounding the controversial theory of X-efficiency. Given their conflicting agendas, discussion between these two opponents consisted largely of talking at cross purposes. This paper examines the motivations of the two protagonist as well as considering the impact such tactics have on economic debate and discussion.
- Allocative efficiency