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"Financialization," distribution, capital accumulation, and productivity growth in a post-Kaleckian model

  • Eckhard Hein

Focusing on the long-run effects of "financialization" and increasing shareholder power in a simple post-Kaleckian endogenous growth model, this paper examines the effects of increasing shareholder power on the demand regime, on the productivity regime, and on the overall regime of the model. Under special conditions, increasing shareholder power may have positive effects on capital accumulation and productivity growth and hence on potential growth of the economy. However, such a regime not only requires directly positiveor under certain conditions only weakly negativeeffects of increasing shareholder power on the productivity regime but it also requires expansiveor under special circumstances only weakly contractiveeffects of increasing shareholder power on capital accumulation via the demand regime of the economy. Both conditions have recently been questioned on empirical grounds, so that an overall long-run "contractive" regime seems to be the most likely outcome of "financialization," rising shareholder power, and pronounced shareholder value orientation.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 475-496

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