Science and Society 70 (4):509 - 527 (2006)

The definitions of productive and unproductive labor found in Smith and Marx can serve as a basis, from which to develop a more general definition, in which productive labor appears as that which is directly or indirectly involved in the production of relative surplus value. The proposed definition has important implications for empirical analysis, as illustrated by its application to Sweden, an exemplar of a highly socialized capitalist economy
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