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Sraffa's Mathematical Economics - A Constructive Interpretation

K. Vela Velupillai ()

No 702, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia

Abstract: The claim in this paper is that Sraffa employed a rigorous logic of mathematical reasoning in his book, Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities (PCC), in such a way that the existence proofs were constructive. This is the kind of mathematics that was prevalent at the beginning of the 19th century, which was dominated by the concrete, the constructive and the algorithmic. It is, therefore, completely consistent with the economics of the 19th century, which was the fulcrum around which the economics of PCC was conceived.

Keywords: Existence Proofs; Constructive Mathematics; Algorithmic Mathematics; Mathematical Economics; Standard System. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B23 B24 B31 B41 B51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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