[OPE-L] Sraffian surplus vs Marxian surplus

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Mon Jul 03 2006 - 15:25:12 EDT

Thanks again for the refs, Ajit. However, I'm not sure if I'll be reading
the Westra book anytime soon, as libraries here don't have it and I'm a bit
iffy about spending $75+ on a copy... I'm not a rich academic or anything.
Dutch libraries have, shall we say, somewhat "ideosyncratic" collection
policies as regards foreign literature, even so, not many libraries anywhere
seem to have it. The odd thing is that even within the Marxist camp few
authors actually agree about what the "law of value" is, and the conditions
under which it would hold. It seems to be not just a question of specifying
the meaning of value, but also of prices. I've been dipping into a book by
Aganbegyan which discusses pricing policies in the former USSR, and you
realise very clearly that there's much more to prices, pricing and markets
than you would learn from e.g. Friedman or Stigler, i.e. much depends on the
institutional framework of property rights and division of labor that


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