Title

Unproductive expenditure in manufacturing

Document Type

Working Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Cambridge Journal of Economics

Volume

16

Article

1090

Issue

2

Pages

147-168

Publication Date

8-1990

Department or Program

Economics Department

Abstract

A behavioral model is developed to explain the magnitude of surplus and the division of surplus into unproductive and profit for oligopoly firms in the manufacturing sector of advanced capitalist economies. Particular attention is focused upon the determinants of interfirm, nonprice rivalry as an important component of unproductive expenditure. The explanatory models of profit and unproductive expenditure are then tested using U.S. data. Finally, the implications of these models and estimates for industry and aggregate capital accumulation are drawn.