Pasinetti's Ricardo after Sraffa: A reformulation based on Ricardo's 'early writings'

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Pasinetti's (1960} mathematical formulation of the Ricardian system has been the main formal reference for the studies on Ricardian political economy since its publication. It presented an analytical formulation of the logical skeleton of distribution and value theory contained in Ricardo's Principles. It was written before the publication of Sraffa's (1960) book, where we find a plain rehabilitation and generalization of the theory of distribution contained in some Ricardo's early writings (the 'corn-ratio' theory of profit). In this essay, Pasinetti's model is reformulated in such a way to provide a mathematical formulation of the income distribution theory contained in Ricardo's early writings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomic Theory and its History - Essays in Honour of Neri Salvadori
EditorsGiuseppe Freni, Heinz D. Kurz, Rodolfo Signorino
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Corn-ration theory
  • David Ricardo
  • Early writings
  • Pasinetti mathematical formulation of Ricardian economics
  • Piero Sraffa
  • Standard commodity
  • cordn model


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