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Neo-Liberalism, the Changing German Labor Market, and Income Distribution: An Institutionalist and Post Keynesian Analysis


  • John Hall
  • Udo Ludwig


This inquiry relies on an Institutionalist and Post Keynesian analysis to explore Germany's neo-liberal project, noting cumulative effects emerging as measurable economic and societal outcomes. Investments in technologies generate rising output-to-capital ratios. Increasing exports offset the Domar problem, but give rise to capital surpluses. National income redistributes in favor of capital. Novel labor market institutions emerge. Following Minsky, good times lead to bad: as seeming successes of neo-liberal policies are accompanied by financial instability, growing disparities in household incomes, and sharp declines in German exports on world markets, resulting in one of the deepest, recent contractions in the industrialized world.

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  • John Hall & Udo Ludwig, 2010. "Neo-Liberalism, the Changing German Labor Market, and Income Distribution: An Institutionalist and Post Keynesian Analysis," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(2), pages 345-358.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:jeciss:v:44:y:2010:i:2:p:345-358
    DOI: 10.2753/JEI0021-3624440207

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