Peter M. Lichtenstein believes that any social-economic theory of capitalism must begin with a theory of value and price. Dismissing the neoclassical school, he turns to post-Keynesian and Marxian economics with their coherent and consistent theories of value and price based on concrete objective circumstances. The development of these theories in the author’s aim because he believes that this approach comes much closer than neoclassical theory to capturing the essence of a capitalism economy.
This book, first published in 1983, is addressed to economics students, especially to those studying microeconomics or the history of economic thought, and to economists seeking an overview of these issues.
Table of Contents
Preface; Part One: Competing Traditions; 1. A Methodological Introduction 2. The Post-Keynesian/Marxian Alternatives; Part Two: Two Value Traditions; 3. The Objective Theory of Value 4. The Subjective Theory of Value; Part Three: An Organising Principle: The Economic Surplus; 5. The Economic Surplus Historically Considered 6. Contemporary Surplus Concepts; Part Four: Post-Keynesian Theories of Value and Price; 7. The Post-Keynesian (neo-Ricardian) Theory of Value and Price 8. Wages, Profits, and Prices 9. The Ricardian Value Problem: The Invariable Measure 10. Extensions of the Basic Model; Part Five: Marxian Theories of Value and Price; 11. Marx’s Theory of Value and Price: An Overview 12. From Values to Prices; Part Six: An Overview and Comparison; 13. Marxian vs. Post-Keynesian (neo-Ricardian) Price Theory: An Overview; Recommended Readings; Notes