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This booklet explains the controversy over the Cambridge controversies of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. In a compelling and finished argument, Birner discusses the most contributions to the talk in a chain of case stories. He steadily develops a methodological version of idealizations that explains either the growth of the talk and the historic ironies surrounding it.

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My objective is different; it is to develop a methodological apparatus that gives us a better understanding of the dynamics of the debate. Hence my choice of discussing a limited number of publications in detail rather than a great number that could only have been treated more superficially. Let me hasten to add, however, that my sample is not rigged so as to yield certain predetermined conclusions. To a large extent, the results of my analysis were a surprise to me, too. Of course, subjective surprise is no justification.

All this is consistent with her rather cautious judgment on the significance and consequences of the result. : 94). : 106). R. : 112). The disadvantage of this measure is that it cannot guarantee to preserve a 1–1 correspondence between output and the amount of capital. Apart from the fact that this prevents the factor rewards to be obtained generally by partially differentiating the production function with respect to the factor inputs, this gives rise to two anomalies. The first is that the same physical capital equipment may be measured as different amounts of capital in two equilibrium positions that differ only with respect to the wage and interest rates.

We move to the left until we reach the rate of profit at which the producers are indifferent between using γ - and β-techniques. This is shown by the movement from γ1 to γ2 . When we are at γ2 , output may be increased by substituting more productive β-plants for γ -plants. 3 The factor ratio curve (based on Robinson 1953: 93). Clouds in the neoclassical sky 35 At γ2 the factor ratio is Oc2 and the entire labour force is employed in γ technique. The substitution of β-plants for γ -plants involves a rise in the factor ratio.

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