Uniform Profit Ratios

15 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2011 Last revised: 2 Jun 2015

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Egmont Kakarot-Handtke

University of Stuttgart - Institute of Economics and Law

Date Written: August 8, 2011


The equalization of profit rates as the outcome of free competition is one of the oldest tenets in theoretical economics. Being intuitively convincing its premises and implications, though, are not well defined. As Walras put it: ‘To state a theory is one thing; to prove it is another.’ First of all a consistent concept of profit is required. In the present paper the structural axiom set is taken as premise. Thereof the determinants of profit and the profit ratio follow. This makes it possible to definitively state the conditions for uniform profit ratios in a hierarchical market structure.

Keywords: new framework of concepts, structure-centric, axiom set, financial profit, relative prices, price level, harmonic structure, hierachical market structure, competition, monopoly, behavioral stability

JEL Classification: D40, D46, B41

Suggested Citation

Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, Uniform Profit Ratios (August 8, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1906578 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1906578

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