[OPE-L:3286] Re: Equal Profit Rates

Duncan K. Fole (dkf2@columbia.edu)
Sat, 5 Oct 1996 07:22:26 -0700 (PDT)

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Paul wrote (in part):

>Let us call A the rate of technical advance. That is to say
>A is positive when the amount of labour reauired to produce
>the Sraffian standard commodity declines over an infinitessimal
>time interval. ( By using infinitessimals one can to a first
>approximation ignore changes in the composition of the standard
>commodity ).
>1. the instantaneous rate of profit will be a negative
>function of A due to stock depreciation effects.
>2. the rate of decline of the rate of profit will be
>a negative function of A, for any given instantaneous
>configuration of accumulation. ( the greater the advance
>the slower the rate of decline of the rate of profit ).
>3. the long run equilibrium rate of profit ( insofar as
>such a concept has meaning ) for any given rate of accumulation
>and rate of change of the labour force, will be a rising
>function of A. This is because technical advance limits the
>rate of accumulation ( stock depreciation effect (1)).

Paul, I'd be very much interested in seeing how you derived these results.
Do you have a paper on this yet? Is it on your website?


Duncan K. Foley
Department of Economics
Barnard College
New York, NY 10027
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e-mail: dkf2@columbia.edu