Sraffa in historiographical perspective: A provisional statement

Samuel Hollander

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Several features of Piero Sraffa' Production of Commodities are attributed to David Ricardo by Sraffa himself and by ‘neo–Ricardians’ generally. I have questioned elsewhere the Sraffian understanding of Ricardo. Assuming this challenge to be justified, the question arises how Sraffa may have erred. I approach the problem by asking: (i) whether his reading can only be rationalized in post–Marxian terms; and (ii) how he arrived at his reading. I conclude that Sraffa did read Ricardo in Marxian fashion; but that all the relevant Sraffian features are to be found in Ricardo though only within a narrowly restricted range of texts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-436
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of the History of Economic Thought
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Classical economics
  • Marx
  • Ricardo
  • Sraffa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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