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Credit, the Turnover of Capital, and the Law of the Falling Rate of Profit: A Critical Note

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  • Miguel Ramirez

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This brief paper argues that the total turnover period of capital, comprising both its time of production and circulation, has been almost totally ignored in the Marxian literature as an important counteracting factor to the law of the declining rate of profit. It is not mentioned at all by Marx in his famous Chp. XIV, Vol. III of Capital where he discusses other important counteracting forces, nor by Engels [in this particular context] who edited both Vols. II and III. Moreover, this note contends that had Marx lived to re-write Vols. II and III, he would have explicitly connected the expanding role of credit [associated with the development of capitalism] to a significant reduction in the turnover period of capital, thereby boosting the rate of surplus-value, and countering, in an highly erratic and contradictory manner, the fall in the rate of profit.

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  • Miguel Ramirez, 2013. "Credit, the Turnover of Capital, and the Law of the Falling Rate of Profit: A Critical Note," Working Papers 1319, Trinity College, Department of Economics, revised Jan 2014.
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    1. Miguel Ramirez, 2015. "Credit, Indebtedness, and Speculation in the Marxian Paradigm: A Critical Analysis," Working Papers 1507, Trinity College, Department of Economics.
    2. Miguel D. Ramirez, 2017. "Capital as a Social Process: A Marxian Perspective," Working Papers 1705, Trinity College, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2017.
    3. Miguel D. Ramirez, 2017. "Marx and Ricardo on Machinery: A Critical Note," Working Papers 1706, Trinity College, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2017.

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    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General
    • B14 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Socialist; Marxist
    • B24 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Socialist; Marxist; Scraffian

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