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A neo-Kaleckian–Goodwin model of capitalist economic growth: monopoly power, managerial pay and labour market conflict


  • Thomas I. Palley


This paper presents a neo-Kaleckian–Goodwin model of growth and distribution. The key innovation is the introduction of managerial pay. Kaleckian monopoly power determines the functional distribution of income and Goodwin labour bargaining power determines the wage-bill division. The model helps explain slower US growth over the past 30 years. For much of that period the functional distribution of income was relatively constant, but growth slowed because income inequality increased owing to a wage-bill shift from workers to managers. The wage-bill division effect explains why economies can display wage-led and profit-led characteristics. Economies can be profit-led regarding functional income distribution and wage-led regarding wage-bill distribution.

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  • Thomas I. Palley, 2014. "A neo-Kaleckian–Goodwin model of capitalist economic growth: monopoly power, managerial pay and labour market conflict," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 38(6), pages 1355-1372.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:38:y:2014:i:6:p:1355-1372.

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