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The Measurement of Labour Content: A General Approach

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  • Naoki Yoshihara

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    (Hitotsubashi University)

  • Roberto Veneziani

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    (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

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This paper analyses the theoretical issues related to the measurement of labour content in the context of general technologies with heterogeneous labour. A novel axiomatic framework is used in order to formulate the key properties of the notion of labour content and analyse its theoretical foundations. Then, a simple measure of labour content is uniquely characterised, which is consistent with common practice in input-output analysis and with a number of recent approaches in value theory. JEL Categories:

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Paper provided by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics in its series UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers with number 2013-05.

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