With the exception of Pasinetti's work on structural change, the sraffian literature remains silent on normative issues. By generalizing Smith's notion of free competition, this paper identifies and formalizes an ideal social arrangement yielding a unique income distribution configuration which is fair in terms of the “equality of opportunity” norm, and which can be used as a benchmark for normative analysis in Sraffa's system. In this hypothetical economy, the price vector, the wage rate and the profit rates depend only on physical quantities. The relation between this result and Sraffa's “physical real cost” theory of value and distribution is also discussed.

Normative (and objective) analysis in Sraffa’s system

Antonio D'Agata
2021-01-01

Abstract

With the exception of Pasinetti's work on structural change, the sraffian literature remains silent on normative issues. By generalizing Smith's notion of free competition, this paper identifies and formalizes an ideal social arrangement yielding a unique income distribution configuration which is fair in terms of the “equality of opportunity” norm, and which can be used as a benchmark for normative analysis in Sraffa's system. In this hypothetical economy, the price vector, the wage rate and the profit rates depend only on physical quantities. The relation between this result and Sraffa's “physical real cost” theory of value and distribution is also discussed.
classical economics, equality of opportunity, fair surplus distribution, income distribution, objective theory, physical real cost theory, sraffian economics
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