[OPE-L:1202] Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unproductive labour income and Marxian social accounts

From: Ajit Sinha (ajitsinha@lbsnaa.ernet.in)
Date: Mon Sep 13 1999 - 03:32:38 EDT

Jurriaan Bendien wrote:

> Ajit writes:
> >Then I think we will have fundamental difference about Marx's value
> theory. For
> >most of these authors, in my opinion, the problematic of value in Marx is not
> >much different from the problematic of value in neoclassical economics. They
> >essentially see it as a problematic of social division of labour in a
> commodity
> >producing economy. Rubin gets so bad that he even starts to draw the
> neoclassical type supply and demand curves.
> Reply:
> There I don't think we agree. These authors interpret Marx to be concerned
> both with the "problematic" of the division of labour and the problematic
> of exploitation, as you phrase it.


The question is not about Marx's concern, but rather the value problematic. In
what context Marx needs a theory of value, and what is the nature of this theory.

> I don't think there is anything in
> principle wrong with drawing supply and demand curves, if they reflect a
> real situation (I don't have Rubin handy here). I think there is a use for
> elements of neo-classical economics in post-capitalist society, therefore I
> do not write it off altogether, I write off its more absurd ideas about how
> a real economy functions. I haven't tried to build a theory of prices with
> Marx's theory but it is possible to do it I think.


Do you think Marx has a notion of demand and supply sechudles? Are you sure about
what goes into developing these curves? Cheers, ajit sinha

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