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Sraffa and Manara: The Mystery of the Last Article of Piero Sraffa

Yoann Verger ()
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Yoann Verger: UMR ECOSYS, INRA, AgroParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay

Chapter Chapter 6 in A Reflection on Sraffa’s Revolution in Economic Theory, 2021, pp 159-202 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract In this chapter, I present an unpublished draft of what would have been the last scientific article from Piero Sraffa. This draft intended to provide an answer to the devastating article by C. F. Manara (L’industria 1, pp. 3–18, 1968). I explain why this draft helps us to understand the importance of Manara’s paper for Sraffa—it was important for Sraffa that for any real system a Standard commodity can be constructed—and why Sraffa finally did not publish this article—he was not convinced that he had succeeded in completely overcoming Manara’s argument. In the end, I go on to show how Dupertuis and Sinha (Metroeconomica 60, 3, pp. 432–454, 2009) provide a solution that would have allowed Sraffa to publish what would have been his last article.

Keywords: Joint production; Manara; Standard system; Maximum rate of profits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-47206-1_6

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