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Exploitation and Profits: A General Axiomatic Approach in Convex Economies with Heterogeneous Agents

  • Veneziani, Roberto
  • Yoshihara, Naoki

This paper provides an innovative axiomatic analysis of the notion of exploitation as the unequal exchange of labour. General convex economies with heterogeneous agents endowed with unequal amounts of physical and human capital are considered. An axiomatic characterisation of the class of definitions that satisfy a weak domain condition and the profit-exploitation correspondence principle (PECP) is derived. It is shown that none of the main received definitions preserves the PECP. Instead, a novel definition is presented which satisfies the PECP and allows one to generalise a number of key insights of exploitation theory to complex advanced economies.

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Paper provided by Center for Research on Contemporary Economic Systems, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University in its series CCES Discussion Paper Series with number 44.

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Length: 41 p.
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hit:ccesdp:44
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