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Finance-dominated capitalism, re-distribution, household debt and financial fragility in a Kaleckian distribution and growth model

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  • Eckhard Hein

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    (Berlin School of Economics and Law and Institute for International Political Economy(IPE))

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In a Kaleckian distribution and growth model with workers' debt we examine the short and long run effects of three stylized facts of "finance-dominated capitalism": a fall in animal spirits of the firm sector with respect to real investment in capital stock, re-distribution of income at the expense of the wage share, and increasing lending of rentiers to workers for consumption purposes. In particular, we specify the conditions for long-run stability of the workers' debt-capital ratio. We thus identify the threshold for this ratio to turn unstable causing increasing financial fragility and finally financial crisis due to systemic stock-flow or stock-stock dynamics.

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Article provided by Economia civile in its journal PSL Quarterly Review.

Volume (Year): 65 (2012)
Issue (Month): 260 ()
Pages: 11-51

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Handle: RePEc:psl:pslqrr:2012:12

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Keywords: Finance-dominated capitalism; distribution; household debt; financial fragility; growth; Kaleckian model;

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  1. Jakob Kapeller & Bernhard Schütz, 2012. "Debt, Boom, Bust: A Theory of Minsky-Veblen Cycles," Economics working papers 2012-14, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  2. Carlo D'Ippoliti, 2014. "Introduction: welcoming a new editorial board," PSL Quarterly Review, Economia civile, vol. 67(268), pages 3-8.
  3. Jakob Kapeller & Bernhard Schütz, 2012. "Conspicuous consumption, inequality and debt: The nature of consumption-driven profit-led regimes," Economics working papers 2012-13, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  4. Thomas Goda, 2013. "The role of income inequality in crisis theories and in the subprime crisis," Working Papers PKWP1305, Post Keynesian Economics Study Group (PKSG).
  5. Thomas Goda, 2013. "Changes in income inequality from a global perspective: an overview," Working Papers PKWP1303, Post Keynesian Economics Study Group (PKSG).

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