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Notes on the classical theory of normal prices: exhaustible natural resources and numéraire dependence

Sergio Parrinello ()
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Sergio Parrinello: La Sapienza University of Rome

No CSWP41, Centro Sraffa Working Papers from Centro di Ricerche e Documentazione "Piero Sraffa"

Abstract: The present paper contains two notes. The first one resumes and expands the classical approach to cope with the existence of exhaustible natural resources in the context of the theory of normal prices. Alternative closures of the model are envisaged: either a given supply of the resource or a given royalty. The fixed-supply alternative, suggested in (Parrinello 2004), rests on the method used in (Sraffa 1960) to deal with the case of intensive land cultivation. The fixed-royalty assumption reflects the position of Piccioni and Ravagnani (2002) and Ravagnani (2006) about the theory of absolute rent. The second note addresses the problem of numéraire dependence, which has been stressed as a criticism of models of general equilibrium without overall perfect competition, and argues that such a property may concern also the theory of normal prices with exhaustible natural resources. It is suggested that a way out from the impasse of the numéraire dependence should be found in an extension of the theory of normal prices to a monetary economy.

Keywords: classical theory; Sraffian approach; exhaustible natural resources; numéraire dependency; price normalization. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B51 D57 Q32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2020-05-20
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