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Contradictions of Economic Growth in the Neoliberal Era: Accumulation and Crisis in the Contemporary U.S. Economy


  • David M. Kotz

    (Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003, USA,


In the neoliberal form of capitalism, economic expansion tends to be accompanied by rising profits and stagnant wages, creating a potential problem of overproduction. This obstacle to expansion has been overcome in the U.S. economy in the neoliberal era through rising household debt and the emergence of asset bubbles. However, certain trends in the U.S. economy suggest that the past methods of promoting expansion and averting severe crises in the neoliberal era may be becoming nonviable. JEL classification: E32, N12, E11

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  • David M. Kotz, 2008. "Contradictions of Economic Growth in the Neoliberal Era: Accumulation and Crisis in the Contemporary U.S. Economy," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 40(2), pages 174-188, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:40:y:2008:i:2:p:174-188

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    1. Linda McCarthy, 2015. "Something New or More of the Same in the Bidding Wars for Big Business?," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(2), pages 153-171, June.
    2. Dünhaupt, Petra, 2016. "Financialization and the crises of capitalism," IPE Working Papers 67/2016, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Institute for International Political Economy (IPE).
    3. Setterfield, Mark, 2011. "Anticipations of the Crisis: On the Similarities between post-Keynesian Economics and Regulation Theory," Revue de la Régulation - Capitalisme, institutions, pouvoirs, Association Recherche et Régulation, vol. 10.

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    neoliberalism; debt; bubbles; accumulation; crisis;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • N12 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
    • E11 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Marxian; Sraffian; Kaleckian


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