Basic Commodities and Multiple Interest Rate Analysis

34 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2016

Date Written: December 8, 2016


This paper considers the application of multiple interest rate analysis to a model of the production of commodities by means of commodities. A polynomial, for the characteristic equation of the augmented input-output matrix, is used in defining the rate of profits in such a model. Only one root is found to be economically meaningful. No non-trivial application of multiple interest rate analysis is found in the analysis of the choice of technique. On the other hand, multiple interest rate analysis can be used in defining Net Present Value in an approximate model, in which techniques are represented as finite series of dated labor inputs. The product of the quantity of the first labor input and the composite interest rate approaches, in the limit, the difference between the labor commanded by and the labor embodied in final output in the full model.

Keywords: Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Choice of Technique, Reswitching, Cambridge Capital Controversy

JEL Classification: B24, C63, D24, E43, G11, G31

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Vienneau, Robert L., Basic Commodities and Multiple Interest Rate Analysis (December 8, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

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