Matter Matters: Productivity, Profit, and Non-Marginal Factor Prices

21 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2011 Last revised: 6 May 2015

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke

University of Stuttgart - Institute of Economics and Law

Date Written: October 20, 2011

Abstract

Tastes and technology are the ultimate givens of standard economics. Their interaction is mediated by the marginal principle. This approach is unsuitable to explain the nature and magnitude of overall profit and its distribution within the business sector. The present paper therefore takes a quite different analytical route. The standard behavioral axioms are replaced by objective structural axioms and the standard production function is replaced by a sequential production function. From this new formal basis two exemplary factor prices, the product price, and the real wage are derived under the conditions of market clearing and equal profit ratios.

Keywords: new framework of concepts, structure-centric, axiom set, factors of production, substitution, profit redistribution, bargaining margin, equal profit ratios, metachoice

JEL Classification: D24, D33

Suggested Citation

Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, Matter Matters: Productivity, Profit, and Non-Marginal Factor Prices (October 20, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1946874 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1946874

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke (Contact Author)

University of Stuttgart - Institute of Economics and Law ( email )

Keplerstrasse 17
Stuttgart
Germany

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