The Controversy on the Theory of Capital

  • Félix Jiménez Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Keywords: neoclassical production function, measurement of capital, substitution production function, rate of return on capital, theory of capital


This chapter contains the capital theory controversy that took place among the most importanteconomists from the universities of Cambridge (UK) and Cambridge (Mass.). Firstly, we presentthe neoclassical propositions which are summarized in the neoclassical parables. The second section contains Robinson’s criticism of the neoclassical capital theory and Garegnani’s criticismof the decreasing marginal productivity theory. Thirdly, we summarize Samuelson’s attempt to validate the neoclassical production function and his main mistakes. The fourth section presents Solow’s response and Nell’s criticism. Finally, in the fifth section, we present the main contributions to the capital theory controversy.


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Jiménez, F. (2012). The Controversy on the Theory of Capital. Economia, 35(70), 142-189. Retrieved from