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Marx's Service Labor Theory and Its Contemporary Revelation

【Authors】
WANG Xiaodong, LI Sha
【WorkUnit】
Renmin University of China, 100872.
【Abstract】

Marx's service labor theory is one of the fundamental theories in the domain of political economy, but has remained controversial for long. The paper reviews and sorts out several key debatable points of this theory and their representative views, then responds to these points with Marx's thought on service labor and clarifies the theoretical nature of service labor. As China embarks upon a new era of high-quality development, it can help explore high-quality national economic accounting system by distinguishing service labor from different types of labor covered by the general statistical scope of the tertiary industry. Meanwhile, high-quality development must be based on real economy. Since service labor supports and is associated with substantial contents of real economy, we should value the development of services while promoting the development of real economy. Additionally, the advancement of Internet and information technology will further release the potential of service labor in promoting high-quality economic development. In the future, we can conduct further research on service labor and modern service industry combing in the Internet context. 


JEL:F710

【KeyWords】
Service Labor Theory, Productive Labor, The Tertiary Industry, Real Economy, High-quality Development