MINING: Profit Motive in War

U.S. businessmen last week got evidence that the Government does not intend to ditch the profit motive entirely during wartime. To coax out more copper, lead and zinc, OPA and Metals Reserve Co. announced that the U.S. would pay a bonus for all increased production of these metals over 1941.

This is not the first time Leon Henderson has raised prices to raise output. He did it to paperboard and zinc in 1941. But both were stingy raises, offering little incentive for business to work harder. This time the incentive looks real. Although premium prices will vary (they will be set...

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