A Comment on Productive and Unproductive Labour

Riel Miller

Abstract


Exegesis of Marx's economic theory has been a popular academic pursuit. This is partly due to the difficulty of fully comprehending Marx's complete analysis. However, certain issues in Marxian economic theory have received a considerable amount of scholarly attention, such as the transformation problem, crisis theory, and the distinction between productive and unproductive labour. This last topic, recently discussed by Ken J. Tarbuck in this journal (SPE 12), has been the object of serious and elaborate debate.' In this brief comment I will outline certain fatal flaws in Tarbuck's consideration of the distinction between productive and unproductive labour and then present an alternative definition.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
Print ISSN 0707-8552