The Falling Rate of Profit and the Great Recession of 2007-2009

A New Approach to Applying Marx’s Value Theory and Its Implications for Socialist Strategy

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In The Falling Rate of Profit and the Great Recession of 2007-2009, Peter Jones develops a new non-equilibrium interpretation of the labour theory of value Karl Marx builds in Capital. Applying this to US national accounting data, Jones shows that when measured correctly the profit rate falls in the lead up to the Great Recession, and for the main reason Marx identifies: the rising organic composition of capital.
Jones also details a new theory of finance, which shows how cycles in the profit rate relate to stock market booms and slumps, and movements in the interest rate. He discusses the implications of the analysis and Marx and Engels’ work generally for a democratic socialist strategy.

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Biographical Note

Peter Jones is an independent scholar based in Canberra. He completed his Ph.D. in 2014 at the Australian National University, and has been active in many political campaigns, including for refugee rights and against cuts to health care and universities.

Table of contents

Preface
List of Tables and Figures

Marx’s Value Theory and the Law of the Tendential Fall in the Rate of Profit
Devaluation
Turnover Time and the Organic Composition of Capital
Surplus Value, Profit and Output
Marx on Finance
The Rate of Profit and Financial Rates of Return
Results
Conclusions

Bibliography Index

Readership

Those interested in Marxism, socialism, heterodox economics, theories of financial and economic crisis, history of economic thought, political philosophy, business cycle theory, Kondratieff waves, national accounts and interest rate theory.

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