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The explanation is that increasing productivity necessitates the creation of "ancillary services" to keep people employed. This is what Kalecki called "overhead and ancillary wages".

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 03:14:14 PM EST
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