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Public Debt and J.S. Mill’s Conjecture: A Note

Tsoulfidis, Lefteris (2011): Public Debt and J.S. Mill’s Conjecture: A Note.

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Abstract

Classical economists mainly Smith, Ricardo and J.S. Mill abhorred public debts because of their interference with capital accumulation. J.S. Mill in particular envisaged that a rising public debt leads to higher interest rates and falling real wages, a combination which may be consistent with a mildly increasing trend in the profit rate.

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