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En el corazón del problema:la deuda de los hogares en la banca contemporánea y la crisis internacional

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  • Paulo L. dos Santos

    (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS))

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    This paper, drawing on Marxist political economy, conceptualizes the phenomenon of activities of banks as determinants of the current crisis. The main argument is the most significant aspect of recent changes in banking activities has been the turn towards individual wage income as a source of bank profits. This can be summarized in two ideas. 1) the conflict between households and financial firms that leads to an over-indebtedness of the former during a context of disadvantageous social relations for borrowers, and 2) the existence of theoretical reasons that argue that the economic recovery is difficult because the negative impact on the household consumption. Hence, it is argued that the recession will have an unprecedented length in the absence of a significant public intervention in the labour and financial markets.

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    Article provided by Gobierno Vasco / Eusko Jaurlaritza / Basque Government in its journal EKONOMIAZ. Revista vasca de Economía.

    Volume (Year): 72 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 54-79

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    Handle: RePEc:ekz:ekonoz:2009306
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