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Binary Economics: Paradigm Shift or Cluster of Errors?

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07/30/2014Timothy D. Terrell

 

Volume 8, No. 1 (Spring 2005)

 

Binary economics is a theory of economic growth that places emphasis upon the distribution of capital, rather than the quantity of capital or the productivity of labor. Its roots are found in the late 1950s, in the work of Louis Kelso, originator of the Employee Stock Option Plan. Regarded as a paradigm shift by its proponents, binary economics maintains that capital is productive independent of the labor input, and that most economic growth occurs as a result of capital accumulation, exclusive of increases in the knowledge or skills of humans.

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Terrell, Timothy D. "Binary Economics: Paradigm Shift or Cluster of Errors?" The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 8, No. 1 (Spring 2005): 31–50.