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The theory of employment: two approaches compared

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  • Alessandro Roncaglia

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Introducing the publication of a long 1956 letter by Franco Modigliani (FM) to Paolo Sylos Labini (PSL) on the draft of PSL's book, Oligopoly and Technical Progress, the paper critically reviews the theoretical background of FM's comments, showing how the pre-Keynesian roots dominate the so-called neoclassical synthesis as well as its shaky foundations. The paper also discusses FM's interpretation of PSL's oligopoly theory, as well as their collaboration (and differences) on policy issues, such as their opposition to the 100% money wage indexation adopted in Italy from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.

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  • Alessandro Roncaglia, 2014. "The theory of employment: two approaches compared," PSL Quarterly Review, Economia civile, vol. 67(270), pages 241-268.
  • Handle: RePEc:psl:pslqrr:2014:31
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    3. Anna Maria Rita La Bruna, 2017. "La lezione siciliana di Paolo Sylos Labini, 1958-1960 (Paolo Sylos Labini’s Sicilian Lesson, 1958-1960)," Moneta e Credito, Economia civile, vol. 70(278), pages 131-151.
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    Keywords

    Macroeconomic theory; Oligopoly; Neoclassical synthesis; Modigliani; Sylos Labini;
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    JEL classification:

    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • E64 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Incomes Policy; Price Policy

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