[OPE-L:3564] Re: Productive and Unproductive Labour

Duncan K. Fole (dkf2@columbia.edu)
Wed, 30 Oct 1996 13:44:03 -0800 (PST)

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In reply to Paul C's [OPE-L:3558]:

>Now, Duncan says further:
>I think the standard accounting practice effectively keeps track of the
>degree to which wages are paid in advance or in arrears, although I'm not
>sure of this. Surely in production processes that have long production
>times there must be some payment of wages during the production period, so
>that the "wage fund" is not negligible.
>In the rate of profit calculations, it seems that the appropriate
>denominator would be the capital invested including the inventories of
>goods in process, which will automatically account for the wages advanced
>to the degree that they are advanced. (The financing of inventories,
>including inventories of goods in process is quite an important issue in
>many industries, so I don't think these inventories are negligible.
>Paul C:
>I agree that they are not negligible, and I would always include them in
>the capital stock. The problem is that if one includes say one months wages
>as well, then one has double counting.

This seems right to me, though I haven't done a lot directly with the data.

Duncan K. Foley
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Barnard College
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