[OPE-L:4620] Re: Four-cornered triangle

Michael Perelma (michael@ecst.csuchico.edu)
Mon, 31 Mar 1997 07:41:09 -0800 (PST)

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Iwao Kitamura wrote:
> a set of elements of physiological expenditure of human power
> -> (social process = a mapping) -> a scalar quantity
> IMHO, the additional quantity that a skilled labor creates more than a simple
> labor does doesn't come from its increase in productivity but its increase in
> socially determined scalar quantity mapped from their physiological expenditure
> of human power. It may differ upper or lower from the cost of the training etc.

Iwao, I have seen the argument made both ways: the scaler represents the
quantity of training or the extra productivity. The training solution
runs into the same problem as the problem of measuring constant
capital. Suppose that I am trained to have a skill that his specific to
the production of slide rules. For a number of years, my training is
validated by the realization of value by the slide rule makers.
Suddenly, with electronic calculators, my training is less valuable.

Still puzzled,

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929
Tel. 916-898-5321
E-Mail michael@ecst.csuchico.edu