[OPE-L:551] Re: Value of Constant Capital

Paul Cockshott (wpc@clyder.gn.apc.org)
Thu, 23 Nov 1995 15:50:18 -0800

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On andrews questions about monetary inflation.

Standard measures of inflation are based on the idea
that under inflation free conditions a unit of currency
will purchase the same basket of goods from year to year.

If this takes place under conditions of rising labour
productivity, a zero inflation rate in the conventional sense
would still represent a decline in the value of money of n%
where n is the rate of growth of labour productivity.
Thus, from a labour value standpoint, the orthodox measure
of inflation is an underestimate.