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On the Limits to the Long-Period Method in Classical Economics: A note


  • Rodolfo Signorino


On a first reading of Theory of Production, Kurz & Salvadori (1995) appear to confine the empirical domain of the long-period models of the classical theory of value and distribution to stationary economies with non-constant returns to scale and to growing economies with constant returns to scale. Such a reading is shown to be untenable since it merges the two levels of exploring the extension of a model and of testing a theoretical hypothesis. Conversely, the way Kurz & Salvadori tackle the problems of price dynamics and returns to scale in growing economies is shown to be compatible with what appears to be Sraffa's (implicit) strategy of research.

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  • Rodolfo Signorino, 2001. "On the Limits to the Long-Period Method in Classical Economics: A note," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(2), pages 245-251.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:13:y:2001:i:2:p:245-251
    DOI: 10.1080/09538250120036664

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    1. Kurz,Heinz D. & Salvadori,Neri, 1997. "Theory of Production," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521588676, March.
    2. Musgrave, Alan, 1981. "'Unreal Assumptions' in Economic Theory: The F-Twist Untwisted," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(3), pages 377-387.
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