Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Reading Sraffa''s Indices – a note

Volume: 5
Number: 3
Pages: 468 - 479
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 1998
Keywords: Sraffa; Ricardo; value; comparative advantage
Abstract: Piero Sraffa took thirteen years to publish the General Indexto The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo.The Index is compared to others and is shown to be exceptional in that it leads the way to specific interpretations of Ricardo''s life and theory. The choice of entries referring to theory is based on Ricardo''s own concepts and carefully avoids neoricardian, Marxian and neoclassical terms. Examples discussed concern ‘comparative advantage’ and ‘value’ The entries referring to Ricardo''s life are proof of Sraffa''s broad historical interests and focus on certain characteristics of Ricardo.