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'Business Cycles,' Turnover and the Rate of Profit: An Empirical Test of Marxian Crisis Theory

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The fragmentary nature of Karl Marx's discussion on crisis has led to a long-standing debate regarding causal factors. This paper is a first attempt to show that turnover plays an important role in explaining cyclical movements in the rate of profit. The results of this study show the importance of including a measure of turnover in the rate of profit and lend support to the view that crises result both from a rising organic composition of capital and realization problems.

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  • Rudy Fichtenbaum, 1988. "'Business Cycles,' Turnover and the Rate of Profit: An Empirical Test of Marxian Crisis Theory," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 14(3), pages 221-228, Jul-Sep.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:14:y:1988:i:3:p:221-228
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    1. Shaikh, Anwar, 1978. "Political Economy and Capitalism: Notes on Dobb's Theory of Crisis," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 2(2), pages 233-251, June.
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    1. Vaona, Andrea, 2011. "Profit rate dynamics, income distribution, structural and technical change in Denmark, Finland and Italy," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 247-268, September.
    2. Passarella, Marco & Baron, Hervé, 2013. "Capital's Pons Asinorum: the Rate of Turnover in Karl Marx's Analysis of Capitalist Valorisation," MPRA Paper 48306, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 14 Jul 2013.
    3. Maito, Esteban Ezequiel, 2014. "Auge y estancamiento de Japón (1955-2008). Una explicación marxista
      [Rise and standstill of Japan (1955-2008). A Marxist explanation]
      ," MPRA Paper 53102, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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