The Hicks-Malinvaud average period of production and 'marginal productivity': a critical assessment
AbstractMalinvaud (2003) observed that once techniques are ranked according to Hick’s concept of average period for a given rate of interest, a rise in the latter entails the use of a technique with a shorter average period. After a reconstruction of Malinvaud’s argument, it is shown that the result is far less encouraging for neoclassical theory than it might seem. The most important problem is not the fact that change in the interest rate affects the average period associated with a technique, despite the concern this aroused in Hicks and Malinvaud, but rather that it affects the ranking of techniques.
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Average period of production; capital; interest rate; Wicksell;
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- Saverio M. Fratini, 2014. "The Hicks-Malinvaud average period of production and 'marginal productivity': A critical assessment," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(1), pages 142-157, February.
- B13 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Neoclassical through 1925 (Austrian, Marshallian, Walrasian, Stockholm School)
- B21 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Microeconomics
- D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
- D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
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