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Wage‐led versus profit‐led demand: a comprehensive empirical analysis

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  • Oyvat, Cem
  • Öztunalı, Oğuz
  • Elgin, Ceyhun

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This study investigates various economic factors’ impact in determining the relationship between functional income distribution and aggregate demand from both a theoretical and an empirical viewpoint. We base our analysis on a demand‐driven growth model for an open economy that allows for either profit‐led or wage‐led regimes. Our results strongly indicate that a higher level of trade openness is associated with a lower probability of being wage‐led. We find evidence that lower wage inequality makes an economy more wage‐led and that countries with a greater private credit‐to‐gross domestic product (GDP) ratio are more likely to be profit‐led.

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  • Oyvat, Cem & Öztunalı, Oğuz & Elgin, Ceyhun, 2020. "Wage‐led versus profit‐led demand: a comprehensive empirical analysis," Greenwich Papers in Political Economy 27870, University of Greenwich, Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre.
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