The Elasticity of Derived Demand, Factor Substitution and Product Demand: Corrections to Hicks' Formula and Marshall's Four Rules

18 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2006

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Robert S. Chirinko

University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Finance; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Debdulal Mallick

Emory University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

Nearly 75 years ago, John Hicks introduced and formalized the concept of the elasticity of substitution between capital and labour and its relation to derived demand. The resulting formula has proven very useful in understanding the derived demand for productive factors, the distribution of factor incomes, and Marshall's Four Rules. This short paper notes that a slip occurred in the original derivation, presents a modified formula, and shows that Marshall's First Rule is no longer generally valid.

Keywords: derived demand, substitution elasticity, John Hicks

JEL Classification: D21, D33, J23, A2

Suggested Citation

Chirinko, Robert S. and Mallick, Debdulal, The Elasticity of Derived Demand, Factor Substitution and Product Demand: Corrections to Hicks' Formula and Marshall's Four Rules (June 2006). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1742. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=914478

Robert S. Chirinko (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Finance ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://tigger.uic.edu/~chirinko/

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Germany

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Debdulal Mallick

Emory University - Department of Economics ( email )

1602 Fishburne Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

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