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Aggregate demand, instability, and growth

  • Steven M. Fazzari

    (Washington University)

  • Pietro E. Ferri

    (University of Bergamo)

  • Edward G. Greenberg

    (Washington University)

  • Anna Maria Variato

    (University of Bergamo)

This paper considers a puzzle in growth theory from a Keynesian perspective. If neither wage and price adjustment nor monetary policy are effective at stimulating demand, no endogenous dynamic process exists to assure that demand grows fast enough to employ a growing labor force. Yet output grows persistently over long periods, occasionally reaching approximate full employment. We resolve this puzzle by invoking Harrod's instability results. Demand grows because it follows an explosive upward path that is ultimately limited by resource constraints. Downward demand instability is contained by introducing an autonomous component to aggregate demand.

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Volume (Year): 1 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-21

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