[OPE-L:1876] Re: rising real wages

Subject: [OPE-L:1876] Re: rising real wages
From: clyder (wpc@dcs.gla.ac.uk)
Date: Thu Dec 09 1999 - 09:29:31 EST

Ajit wrote
> Patrick, the time period I'm considering is not 2 to 3 business cycles
but rather even
> more than that (say 7 to 10). I think there is no disagreement on the
issue that
> during a business cycle the real wages goes up and down in accordance with
the up and
> down of the cycle. However, from a secular point of view, an ever
increasing labor
> saving technical change slowly increases the burden of what you call
'joblessness' on
> the labor force which creates the downward pressure on real wages. You
talk about
> secular upswing, downswing or stagnation of the economy. Of course, Adam
Smith (and
> Ricardo as well) does the same. But all these authors agree that for a
> capitalist countries a secular downswing is the only possible scenario;
and that is
> because in a developed capitalist countries the trend of the rate of
profit is to
> decline, and so a fall in the rate of accumulation must take place. Marx,
as you would
> recall, also believed in the fall in the rate of profit. So there is no
scope for a
> secular upswing in his long term scenario--it basically is a downswing
scenario. So
> from your own logic my argument should be correct.

Why should technical change have any bearing on the agregate level of
employment in the economy in the long run?

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