Re: AW: [OPE] Services (->Paula)

From: Dave Zachariah <>
Date: Sat Jan 03 2009 - 11:02:20 EST

Peter Fleissner wrote:
> The criterion I used is the ability of a branch of production to
> contribute to the surplus product. Services cannot directly contribute
> to it, and therefore they cannot contribute to surplus value nor to
> profits on the capitalist surface.

I really think this is a theoretical mistake that can lead to even
greater practical policy mistakes. For instance, transportation is
technically necessary for a wide range of activities. It is a basic
sector in the Sraffian sense.

I would recommend that you have a look at the attached working paper on
Adam Smith's concept of productive labour (which you are echoing) by Roy
Grieve at the University of Strathclyde. Also, there is a nice numerical
example in the Appendix.

//Dave Z

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