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La crisi americana: appunti di viaggio


  • Massimo FLORIO



This paper comments an invited opinion on the American crisis in the New York Times by Professor Casey Mulligan, University of Chicago. Accord-ing to Mulligan, the crisis is no more than a financial fluctuation, banks should not be bailed out, other financial actors can finance business in-vestments, the delay of investment and consumption is non a big problem, public intervention is unhelpful. This paper argues instead that the current crisis is not mainly of a financial nature, but it originates form a sustained shock that affected income distribution. The share of labour declined, while the share of capital increased. To sustain the returns to capital it was neces-sary to force lending to consumers. In the short term both monetary and fis-cal policy are needed, but in the mid-to-long run it is necessary to go back to a more balanced income distribution.

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  • Massimo FLORIO, 2009. "La crisi americana: appunti di viaggio," Departmental Working Papers 2009-10, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Universit√† degli Studi di Milano.
  • Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2009-10

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    Financial and economic crisis; Banks bail-out; Income distribution;

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    • E25 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Aggregate Factor Income Distribution
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E65 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes

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