EXISTENCE OF THE STANDARD SYSTEM IN THE MULTIPLE-PRODUCTION CASE: A SOLUTION TO THE MANARA PROBLEM

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  • Michel-Stéphane Dupertuis,

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    1. Collège de France, 3 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris, France
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  • Ajit Sinha

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    1. Collège de France, 3 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris, France
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      We take this opportunity to thank Roger Guesnerie, Henri Joris, Jean-Christophe Yoccoz, Don Zagier and two anonymous referees for helpful comments.


Michel-Stéphane Dupertuis
Collège de France
3 rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris
France
E-mail: msdupertuis@vtxnet.ch

Ajit Sinha
Collège de France
3 rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris
France
E-mail: sinha_a99@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

In this paper we show that the Manara problem in the case of Sraffa's generalized multiple-production case arises due to the presence of superfluous processes of production. We argue that ‘goods’ should be defined from the perspective of the system and not the observer. We provide a mathematical procedure to remove superfluous processes from the construction of Sraffa's Standard system. Once this is done, the Manara problem disappears.

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