A Market Process Theory of the Firm
An Alternative to the Neoclassical Model
Neoclassical economics has been criticized from various angles by orthodox schools. The same can be said about its particular branch: the theory of the firm.
This book demonstrates how a successful theory of the firm can be presented without flawed notions of a neoclassical framework and used to comprehend actual business history. The author argues that we should start from the assumption that businesses are inevitably imponderable, as that is their nature, in the process of economic evolution. The book offers an in-depth exploration of neoclassical limitations by examining each of the small details associated with the famous MR = MC rule. It follows a step-by-step approach, which starts off with neoclassical assumptions and then moves into more empirically sound theory, based on modeling logic and rooted in real world examples. The author presents a novel discussion on the size of the firm, both in terms of classifying a firm’s expansion and about the factors that limit the size of the firm and argues how formal pricing theory can be built using more indeterminate assumptions about firms. Further, there is a discussion on how firms are rooted in amorphous industries, which helps to explain economic progress better by emphasizing the importance of economic experiments, mistakes and bankruptcies.
This is a valuable reference for scholars and researchers who are interested in a range of topics from microeconomics, through pricing theory to industrial organization, history of economic thought and managerial economics.
Table of Contents
Instead of an introduction 1. The neoclassical theory of the firm: its application and limitations 2. Theoretical imputation and real calculation 3. The firm’s size and limitations 4. Imponderability of firms 5. The organicity of industry and firms 6. Firms’ mistakes and economic evolution Instead of conclusions
Mateusz Machaj is a Researcher at the University of New York in Prague and Associate Professor at the Institute of Economic Sciences, University of Wroclaw, Poland. He has published articles on various economic issues in journals such as Critical Review, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Econ Journal Watch, Prague Economic Papers and Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is the author of the following monographs: Capitalism, Socialism and Property Rights: Why Market Socialism Cannot Substitute the Market; Money, Interest and the Structure of Production: Resolving Some Puzzles in the Theory of Capital; and a popular book The Rise and Fall of the First Galactic Empire: Star Wars and Political Philosophy.