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Capital as a Single Magnitude and the Orthodox Theory of Distribution in Some Writings of the Early 1930s


  • Paolo Trabucchi


Some writings of the early 1930s by Dennis Robertson and John Hicks present, with a clarity not easily found elsewhere, the reasons why marginalist economists, who until recent decades normally treated capital as a single magnitude, were in fact compelled to do so. This paper focuses on a first reason that emerges from these writings: namely the fact that only this treatment of capital can lend plausibility to the notion of substitutability between factors of production on which the orthodox theory of distribution is built.

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  • Paolo Trabucchi, 2011. "Capital as a Single Magnitude and the Orthodox Theory of Distribution in Some Writings of the Early 1930s," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(2), pages 169-188.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:23:y:2011:i:2:p:169-188
    DOI: 10.1080/09538259.2011.561550

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    1. Fratini, Saverio M., 2017. "Neoclassical theories of stationary relative prices and the supply of capital," MPRA Paper 76343, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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