Revisiting Adam Smith’s Theory of the Falling Rate of Profit
AbstractSmith’s theory of the falling rate of profit has been usually interpreted as a result of the intensification of competition in the markets of goods and services of the factors of production. This aspect of Adam Smith had been initially posed by Ricardo and subsequently was widely adopted by the major economists of the past as well as from the majority of the modern historians of economic thought. In our view, Smith’s analysis of the falling tendency in the rate of profit is by far more complex than usually presented and that the intensification of competition is the result of the falling rate of profit rather than its cause which is the capitalization of the production process.
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Rate of Profit; competition; mechanization; Adam Smith; Stationary State.;
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- Lefteris Tsoulfidis & Dimitris Paitaridis, 2012. "Revisiting Adam Smith's theory of the falling rate of profit," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 39(5), pages 304-313, May.
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