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On the notion of equilibrium or the centre of gravitation in economic theory

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  • Ajit Sinha

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This paper is a critical examination of the notion of equilibrium in the classical theory of value. It highlights the theoretical importance as well as the problems associated with the notion of equilibrium in the classical theory and goes on to argue that Sraffa presents a theory of value within the classical tradition that does not require a notion of equilibrium of demand and supply, which succeeds in dissolving the problems associated with the classical theory of value. It also discusses the importance of the notion of equilibrium in the modern general equilibrium theory for the sake of continuity and completeness of the story.

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  • Ajit Sinha, 2010. "On the notion of equilibrium or the centre of gravitation in economic theory," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2010-008, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:igiwpp:2010-008
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    1. Gangopadhyay, Shubhashis & Ramaswami, Bharat & Wadhwa, Wilima, 2005. "Reducing subsidies on household fuels in India: how will it affect the poor?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(18), pages 2326-2336, December.
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    Keywords

    Equilibrium; Centre of Gravitation; Price Theory; Theory of Value; Classical Economics; Neoclassical Economics; Sraffa;

    JEL classification:

    • B1 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925
    • B2 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925
    • B3 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals
    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • B5 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches

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