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General Equilibrium, Capital and Macroeconomics
A Key to Recent Controversies in Equilibrium Theory. New Directions in Modern Economics Series
Petri (University of Siena) argues that many of the problems of general equilibrium theory arose with the shift from the traditional long-period method in the study of value and distribution to the very- short-period method characteristic of contemporary theory. He asserts that mathematical economists influenced by Hick's Value and capital inherite
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"'Fabio Petri's book is a tour de force of critical economic analysis that carefully dissects the explanatory limitations of modern general equilibrium theory. The author shows how these weaknesses are connected to the capital controversies of the last century and to a little-noticed but scientifically disastrous shift in the orthodox conception of equilibrium. Having exposed these connections, he then presents a highly original discussion of their relevance to modern macroeconomics. The book's powerful case for the classical surplus approach will challenge the preconceptions of both neoclassicals and post Keynesians alike.' - Gary Mongiovi, St John's University, US 'Fabio Petri has been a persistent critic of marginalist theories of value and distribution. In this provocative book, he presents an extensive scrutiny of the reasons why many economists are unsatisfied with the Neo-Walrasian approach to General Equilibrium theory and why some reject it altogether. General Equilibrium, Capital and Macroeconomics throws down a challenge to all economic theorists.' - Neri Salvadori, University of Pisa, Italy 'General Equilibrium, Capital and Macroeconomics is a thorough and deep book. It contains a remarkably clear and precise statement of the conceptual, methodological and analytical difficulties besetting the demand and supply approach to economics as it is advocated in partial and general equilibrium models, old and new, micro and macro. This work covers essential parts of modern economics, it is well written and the subject matter is carefully arranged. The book will be of interest to a wide range of economists.' - Heinz D. Kurz, University of Graz, Austria"