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Sraffa on Income Distribution


  • Pasinetti, Luigi L


This is a brief assessment of Piero Sraffa's treatment of income distribution. On the basis of Sraffa's texts, the author rejects two opposite and extreme views, claiming respectively no concern for the problem of income distribution, and a very specific income distribution theory. It is shown that (1) Sraffa was concerned with providing the foundations of a theory of income distribution; and (2) these foundations are compatible with some theories (those that take eithe r the wage rate or the rate of profits as an independent variable withi n the production process) and are incompatible with others, in particul ar with marginal productivity theories. Copyright 1988 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Pasinetti, Luigi L, 1988. "Sraffa on Income Distribution," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 12(1), pages 135-138, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:12:y:1988:i:1:p:135-38

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    1. Mauro Baranzini, 2005. "Modigliani's life-cycle theory of savings fifty years later," BNL Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 58(233-234), pages 109-172.
    2. Ahmad Fliti, 1995. "L'analyse en termes de secteur verticalement intégré. Une application au cas du BTP en France en 1989," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 46(5), pages 1333-1359.
    3. Mauro Baranzini, 2005. "Modigliani's life-cycle theory of savings fifty years later," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 58(233-234), pages 109-172.

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