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Financialization and its Long-run Macroeconomic Effects in a Kalecki-Minsky Model

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  • Shinya Fujita
  • Hiroaki Sasaki
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    One of the main characteristics of “financialization” is the redistribution of income in favor of shareholders, at the expense of workers. In this paper, we interpret pro-shareholder redistribution as a decrease in both retention ratio and wage share. Using both the Kaleckian macroeconomic model and the Minskyan taxonomy of finance regime, we investigate the long-run effects of such parametric changes on the rate of capital accumulation and the debt-capital ratio, on the one hand, and on the financial structures of firms, on the other. A decrease in the retention ratio leads to higher capital accumulation, but makes financial structures fragile. Moreover, a rise in profit share improves the financial position in the long run if the short-run equilibrium is profit-led growth regime; this is not necessarily so with wage-led growth.

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    Paper provided by Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University in its series Discussion papers with number e-11-001.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:kue:dpaper:e-11-001

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