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A model of Cognitive Capitalism: a preliminary analysis


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  • Fumagalli, Andrea
  • Lucarelli, Stefano


The aim of this paper is to present a first theoretical macro-modelling of cognitive capitalism, by utilizing the French regulation theory approach. With regard to the supply side analysis, we shall emphasize the role played by productivity dynamics: it is mainly affected by two types of dynamics: scale economics, based on learning processes and network activity. Turning to demand-side aspects, aggregate demand takes in account also the role played by distribution effects of financial markets, which operates as a distorsive income multiplier. As, on the one side, it depends upon the trade-off between learning processes diffusion and intellectual property rights and, on the other, upon income polarization (due to precariousness and limited access to capital gains) and demand growth stability. The stability of the system cannot be guaranteed. The need for new rules concerning income distribution process (i.e. basic income policy) will be taken in consideration.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 28012.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Publication status: Published in European Journal of Economic and Social Systems 1.20(2007): pp. 117-133
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:28012

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Keywords: Cognitive Capitalism; Knowledge; Learning Processes; Network Economies; General Intellect; Capital Gains; Basic Income;

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  2. Marios Zachariadis, . "R&D-Induced Growth in the OECD?," Departmental Working Papers 2001-02, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
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