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Bargaining power, effective demand and technical progress: a Kaleckian model of growth

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  • Mario Cassetti
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    Following the Kaleckian tradition, this paper presents a demand-led growth model in which the distribution of income is fully endogenised. This is done by introducing claims on income by workers and firms. The bargaining power of these two groups affects, through distribution, the patterns of accumulation and inflation. In turn, the bargaining power of workers is affected by the rate of change of employment. The paper discusses the model's static and dynamic implications, including the effects of exogenous and induced technical progress. The model confirms all the typical Kaleckian results, including the fact that increases in real wages may lead to accelerating accumulation as well as inflation. It also produces a new result: it is possible that an increase in the rate of change of labour productivity may not lead to an increase in the rate of change of employment. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Cambridge Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 3 (May)
    Pages: 449-464

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:27:y:2003:i:3:p:449-464

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    1. Sasaki, Hiroaki, 2010. "Endogenous technological change, income distribution, and unemployment with inter-class conflict," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 123-134, May.
    2. Hein, Eckhard, 2009. "Financialisation', distribution, capital accumulation and productivity growth in a Post-Kaleckian model," IPE Working Papers 01/2009, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Institute for International Political Economy (IPE).
    3. Sasaki, Hiroaki, 2013. "Profit Sharing and its Effect on Income Distribution and Output: A Kaleckian Approach," CCES Discussion Paper Series 50, Center for Research on Contemporary Economic Systems, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University.
    4. Taro, Abe, 2012. "Technical progress and maturity in a Kaleckian model of growth with an endogenous employment rate," MPRA Paper 37308, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Hiroaki SASAKI, 2009. "Cyclical Growth in a Goodwin-Kalecki-Marx Model," TERG Discussion Papers 246, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University.
    6. Hiroshi Nishi, 2012. "On the Short-run Relationship between the Income Distribution- and Finance-Growth Regimes," Discussion papers e-12-001, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
    7. Hein, Eckhard, 2011. "Distribution, ‘Financialisation’ and the Financial and Economic Crisis – Implications for Post-crisis Economic Policies," MPRA Paper 31180, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Olivier Allain, 2006. "La modération salariale : le point de vue des (néo-)kaleckiens," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00196500, HAL.
    9. Eckhard Hein & Artur Tarassow, 2008. "Distribution, aggregate demand and productivity growth - theory and empirical results for six OECD countries based on a Post-Kaleckian model," IMK Working Paper 18-2008, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.
    10. Sasaki, Hiroaki & Matsuyama, Jun & Sako, Kazumitsu, 2013. "The macroeconomic effects of the wage gap between regular and non-regular employment and of minimum wages," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 61-72.
    11. Sasaki, Hiroaki, 2012. "Is the long-run equilibrium wage-led or profit-led? A Kaleckian approach," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 231-244.
    12. Hiroaki Sasaki & Ryunosuke Sonoda & Shinya Fujita, 2012. "International Competition and Distributive Class Conflict in an Open Economy Kaleckian Model," Discussion papers e-12-005, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
    13. Hiroaki Sasaki, 2013. "Cyclical growth in a Goodwin–Kalecki–Marx model," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 108(2), pages 145-171, March.

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