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Global Finance, Income Distribution And Capital Accumulation

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  • George Argitis
  • Christos Pitelis

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The appreciation of the consequences of financial globalization is an important task for contemporary political economy. This paper maintains that industrial and macroeconomic instability faced by many developed and developing countries is likely to be attributed, to an extent, to changes in income distribution in favour of rentiers, financiers and other groups of financial capitalists. We elaborate on Marx's and Keynes's ideas and argue that a rise in rentiers' income might have been an obstacle to industry's investment decisions, and detrimental to capital accumulation. The econometric analysis conducted provides evidence in line with the paper's major hypothesis for the United States and the UK. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • George Argitis & Christos Pitelis, 2006. "Global Finance, Income Distribution And Capital Accumulation," Contributions to Political Economy, Oxford University Press, vol. 25(1), pages 63-81, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:copoec:v:25:y:2006:i:1:p:63-81
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    1. Georgios Argitis & Stella Michopoulou, 2011. "Are Full Employment and Social Cohesion Possible Under Financialization?," Forum for Social Economics, Springer;The Association for Social Economics, vol. 40(2), pages 139-155, July.
    2. Dragoljub Stojanov, 2009. "Keynes and economic crisis: some reconsiderations," Zbornik radova Ekonomskog fakulteta u Rijeci/Proceedings of Rijeka Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics, vol. 27(2), pages 293-310.
    3. Christos Pitelis, 2013. "Towards a More ‘Ethically Correct’ Governance for Economic Sustainability," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 118(3), pages 655-665, December.
    4. Eckhard Hein & Till van Treeck, 2007. "'Financialisation' in Kaleckian/Post-Kaleckian models of distribution and growth," IMK Working Paper 07-2007, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.
    5. Argitis, Georgios & Michopoulou, Stella, 2010. "Monetary Policy, Interest Payments, Income Distribution and the Macroeconomy," Review of Applied Economics, Review of Applied Economics, vol. 6(1-2).
    6. Giorgos Argitis & Stella Michopoulou, 2013. "Studies in Financial Systems No 4 Financialization and the Greek Financial System," FESSUD studies fstudy04, Financialisation, Economy, Society & Sustainable Development (FESSUD) Project.

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