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The Neo-Pasinetti Theorem in Cambridge and Kaleckian Models of Growth and Distribution


  • Marc Lavoie

    (University of Ottawa)


Kaldor's neo-Pasinetti theorem is examined in an economy where the rate of profit adjusts to higher effective demand through increases in the rate of capacity utilization rather than through increases in the margin of profit. A Tobinian investment function, where investment responds to the valuation ratio, is then introduced along with Kaleckian elements, investment depending also on the rate of utilization. It is shown that in such a modified model, the Keynesian-Kaleckian results are quite robust.

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  • Marc Lavoie, 1998. "The Neo-Pasinetti Theorem in Cambridge and Kaleckian Models of Growth and Distribution," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 24(4), pages 417-434, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:24:y:1998:i:4:p:417-434

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    1. Javier López Bernardo & Engelbert Stockhammer & Félix López Martínez, 2016. "A post Keynesian theory for Tobin’s in a stock-flow consistent framework," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(2), pages 256-285, April.
    2. Eckhard Hein, 2010. "Shareholder Value Orientation, Distribution And Growth-Short- And Medium-Run Effects In A Kaleckian Model," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 61(2), pages 302-332, May.
    3. Eckhard Hein, 2009. "A (Post-) Keynesian perspective on "financialisation"," IMK Studies 01-2009, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.
    4. Javier López-Bernardo & Félix López-Martínez & Engelbert Stockhammer, 2016. "A Post-Keynesian Response to Piketty's ‘Fundamental Contradiction of Capitalism’," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(2), pages 190-204, April.
    5. Eckhard Hein & Marc Lavoie & Till van Treeck, 2011. "Some instability puzzles in Kaleckian models of growth and distribution: a critical survey," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 35(3), pages 587-612.
    6. Marc Lavoie & Wynne Godley, 2000. "Kaleckian Models of Growth in a Stock-Flow Monetary Framework: A Neo-Kaldorian Model," Macroeconomics 0004049, EconWPA.
    7. Eckhard Hein, 2012. "The Macroeconomics of Finance-Dominated Capitalism – and its Crisis," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 14931.

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    Distribution; Growth; Profits;

    JEL classification:

    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution


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