Putting Capitalism Back into Capital

21 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2015

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Peter Lewin

University of Texas at Dallas - School of Management - Department of Finance & Managerial Economics

Nicolas Cachanosky

Metropolitan State University of Denver; American Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: November 2, 2015

Abstract

We agree with the recommendations of Hodgson (2014) and Braun (2015) to shift the focus away from capital as physical production-goods back to the common-sense and historical understanding of capital as money-borrowed for the purpose of acquiring productive resources to produce value. Much controversy, obscurity and confusion might have been avoided with this focus. The colloquial understanding of capital as financial-capital is to preferred to thinking of capital as a collection of physical things. A consideration of the role of time in production brings one to the realization that capital is the result of a process of evaluation, the result of ‘capital-accounting’. It is the ability to use capital-accounting that is in large part responsible for the phenomenal success of capitalism. Productive physical resources are all capital-goods, or preferably production-goods. They are different types of production-goods, human or non-human, and constitute a stock of potential value over time.

Keywords: capitalism, duration, production-function, capital-controversies, capital-as-finance

JEL Classification: B53, E23, E30

Suggested Citation

Lewin, Peter and Cachanosky, Nicolas, Putting Capitalism Back into Capital (November 2, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2685404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2685404

Peter Lewin

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