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  • K. K. Fung, et al. “Regulation of Natural Monopoly," Journal of Economic Education ,  vol. 38, no. 2, 2007.

  • K. K. Fung, et al. “Profit Profit vs Efficiency Maximization," Journal of Economic Education ,  vol. 37, no. 4, 2006.

  • K. K. Fung, et al. “Profit Maximization for Single-Price Searchers," Journal of Economic Education ,  vol. 37, no. 2, 2006.

  • K. K. Fung, et al. “Profit Maximization for Price Takers,”  Journal of Economic Education,  vol. 37, no. 1, 2006.

  • K. K. Fung, et al. “Production and Cost,”  Journal of Economic Education ,  vol. 35, no. 4, 2004.

  • K. K. Fung, et al. “Comparative Advantage and Gains from Specialization,”  Journal of Economic Education ,  vol. 35, no. 1, 2004.

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    REFEREED ARTICLES
  • K. K. Fung & Shekhar Vemuri. “The Significance of Initial Conditions in Simulations,” Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation ,  vol. 6, no. 3, 2003.

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  • It Is not How Long It Is, but How You Make It Long – Waiting Lines in a Multi-step Service Process,”  System Dynamics Review,  vol. 17, no. 4, Winter 2001: 333-340.

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  • Follow the Laggard – Not all Bottlenecks are Created Equal,”  System Dynamcis Review,  vol. 15, no. 4, Winter 1999: 403-410.

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  • How Many Children? – Fixing Total Annual Births as a Population Control Policy,”  Population Research and Policy Review,  vol. 17, no. 5, October 1998: 403-419.
  • Editor’s comment:
    “I found your paper very interesting and exciting.  It is always good, but very unusual, to see something new and challenging.  I am very happy that the manuscript will appear in our journal.”
  • Decentralizing Tragic Choices: Pooling Heath Risks with Health Unions,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, vol. 57, no. 1, January 1998: 71- 94.
  • Editor’s comment:
    “Dr. K. K. Fung’s proposal for reforming health care by switching to more decentralized health unions is likely to become a much talked-about remedy for the awful status quo.”
    • "Doing Well By Doing Good - A Market for Favors,"  The Cato Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, Spring/Summer 1995: 81-99.

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    • "Dying for Money - Overcoming Moral Hazard in Terminal Illnesses Through Compensated Physician-assisted Death," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, vol. 52, no. 3, July 1993: 275-288.
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        Editor's comments:
        "This is a most interesting piece of work and I hope it gets into the public dialogue where it might serve to advance the national interests."

        Citations:
        W. L. Toffler. “Physician-Assisted Suicide,”  New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 335, no. 7, 1996: 519.

        Anna Desilets.  “Suicidal Tendency: Mercy Killing Another Way to Cut Health Costs,” Montreal Gazette, July 15, 1996: B3.

        Dee Lane.  “Americans’ Interest in Suicide Heightens,” Portland Oregonian, January 1, 1995: B1.

        Carolyn Shaw Bell.  "Understanding Life Equity,"  The Boston Globe, December 20, 1994: 44.

        Bette-Jane Crigger.  "A Pareto Optimal Solution; Or, Another Modest Proposal for Heath Care Reform,"  The Hastings Center Report, vol. 24, no. 2, March 1994: 2+.

    •  "Wealth Transfer Through Voluntary Death,"  Journal of Health and Social Policy, vol. 5, no. 2, 1993: 77-86.

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        Citations:
        Mundt C. "Dignified Death - A German Perspective,"  Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, vol. 49, no. S1, 1995: S149 - S154.
        Reviewer's comments:
        "As a sociologist and not an economist, I began this paper with a lot of misgivings.  These were largely overcome after completion of the paper.  It makes its points clearly for non-economists.  It also sets forth some testable propositions, which might be of interest outside economics."

        Editor's comments:
        "Your topic is a good one for our readership and we expect the paper to be widely cited."

        Citations:
        Kranton, R. E. “The Formation of Cooperative Relationships,” Social Science Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 1, 1996: 214-233.
         

    • K. K. Fung & Cyril Chang, "Does Instructor Reputation Matter?" Journal of Economics and Finance, vol. 14, no. 1, Spring 1990: 151-153.
    • "On the Slippery Slope:  Conformance vs Defec-tion in a Multi-Party Prisoners' Dilemma,"  Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 9, no. 4, June 1988: 325-343.
      Reviewer's comments:
      "The paper is nicely done.....The tone and level of the analysis is very much like that of Schelling - conversa-tional and not mathemati-cally pedantic.  That, in my view, is a point in its favor.  The substantive contributions represent a sensible extension of Schelling's concept and coherent treatment of the slip-pery-slope problem.  The leap from stylized model to application of im-mensely complex social issues lends an air of charming innocence to the whole approach."

      Citations:
      Vink, N. and W. E. Kassier.  "The Tragedy of the Commons and Livestock Farming in Southern Africa - Reply," South African Journal of Economics, vol. 56, no. 2-3, 1988: 218-224.

      Hwang, P. & Burgers, W. P.  “The Many Faces of Multi-Firm Alliances – Lessons for Managers,” California Management Review, vol. 39, no. 1, 1997: 101.

    • "Surplus Seeking and Rent Seeking Through Back Door Deals in China," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, vol. 46, no. 3, July 1987: 299-315.

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        Reviewer's comments:
        "I believe it is a superb paper getting at the very heart of one of China's most important problems.....I shall commend your paper to many people."
        -----Ezra Vogel, Harvard University.

        Editor's comments:
        "Interesting and important pa-per.....When it came in, we recognized at once that it illustrated the value of interdisciplinary approach."
        -----Editor, American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

        Citations:
        Wong, Kar-Yiu.  "Inflation, Corruption, and Income Distribution: The Recent Price Reform in China,"  Journal of Macroeconomics, vol. 14, no. 1, 1992: 105-123.

    Wedeman A. “Stealing from the Farmers – Institutional Corruption and the 1992 IOU Crisis,” China Quarterly,  no. 152, 1997: 805-831.
    • "Economics of Habits - A Systems Perspective," The American Economist, Spring 1982: 62-66. (The American Economist is published by the International Honor Society in Economics.)

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    • "Benefits and Costs of Confidential Information - An Application of Systems Theory and Catastrophe Theory," Behavioral Science 25(3), 1980: 192-204.  (Behavioral Science is an interdisciplinary journal published by the Society for General Systems Research and co-sponsored by the Institute of Management Sciences at the University of Louisville.  Its manuscript acceptance rate is 11%.)
    Citations:
    Roback, H. B.  "Guarding Confidentiali-ty in Clinical Group - The Therapist's Dilemma,"  International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, vol. 42, no. 1, 1992: 81-103.

    Guastello, S. J.  Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 72, no. 1, 1987: 165-182.

    Oliva, T. A.  "A Preliminary Empirical Test of a Cusp Catastrophe Model in the Social Sciences," Behavioral Science  26(2), 1981: 153-162.

    Dekraai, M. B.  "Confidential Com-munication of Psychotherapists," Psychotherapy Theory Research and Practice 21(3): 293-318.

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    Reviewer's comments
    "The author makes a highly spec-ulative, very ambitious and intriguing set of arguments.  It is also a creative attempt to put together a set of theories and phenomena which have not been previously joined."
    •  "On Romantic Love - An Analysis of Open System Economic Behavior," Policy Sciences 11(2), 1979: 179-186.  (Policy Sciences is an international journal published by the Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.)
    Abstracts
    The New Yorker, June 1981, p. 128.

    Intro, February 1982, p. 20.

    Citations
    Carroll, T. Microeconomic Theory:  Concepts and Applications, (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1983).
    Reviewers' comments
    "This paper is a stimulating 'idea piece."  Its reliance on systems theory points to a theoretical resource with which social scientists ought to be more familiar.  Its basic hypothesis is full of implications for policy formation in the area of energy resource management.  It is the kind of odd 'think piece' which might conceivably be brought into place as a widely cited paper in the develop-ing literature on energy resource manage-ment."

    "This is an unusually interesting paper.  It advances an original and theoretically important thesis:  that a limit to system differentiation is set by the requirement that subsystems' targets not be incompatible with those of the larger system."

    "In my opinion, this paper is a persuasive exposition of an innovative (at least with regard to application), quasi (evolutionary) natural-order thesis which is interesting in itself for several reasons, e.g., with regard to a theory of the division of labor and with regard to 'rules vs authority,' and which should induce reader response."

    Editor's comment
    "We are always on the lookout for good theoretical papers, but they appear to be few and far between.  Your manuscript has certainly developed into one that will help fill this gap."

    • "Income vs 'Surplus' Maximization:  The Conflicts Between the Socialized and the Private Sector in Chinese Collectivized Agriculture,"  Developing Economies 12(1), 1974: 41-55. (Developing Economies is published by the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan.  Its manuscript acceptance rate is 10%.)
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        Citation
        Nee, V.  Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 21, nos. 3-4, 1986: 185-203.
    • "Maximum Labor Participation and Economic Growth in a Labor Abundant Economy - A Case Study of Post-War Taiwan,"  Academia Economic Papers 1(1), March 1973: 91-115.  (Academia Economic Papers is published by the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.)