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Wage-led growth: An introduction

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The past decades have witnessed falling wage shares and a polarization of personal income distribution. Average wages and average labour compensation have not kept up with productivity growth. Functional income distribution has shifted at the expense of labour. In many countries personal income distribution has also become more unequal. By many measures income inequality is worse than at any time in the 20th century. At the same time economic growth processes have become imbalanced. Financial crises have become more frequent; household debts have risen sharply; international imbalances have increased, with some countries relying excessively on export growth. This paper argues that the polarization of income distribution and the decline in the wage share play an important role in the generation of imbalanced and unequal growth, and that a pro-labour wage policy will form an important part of a policy package that generates a stable growth regime. A wage-led growth strategy is thus advocated.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, Kingston University London in its series Economics Discussion Papers with number 2011-1.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ris:kngedp:2011_001

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Keywords: Wage-led growth; income distribution; Keynesian economics; economic policy;

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  1. Thomas I. Palley, 2013. "Enriching the Neo-Kaleckian Growth Model: Nonlinearities, Political Economy, and Financial Factors," Working Papers wp335, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  2. 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.

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