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Unemployment, capital accumulation and labour market institutions in the Great Recession

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  • Engelbert Stockhammer
  • Alexander Guschanski
  • Karsten Kohler

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The paper restates the post-Keynesian view of unemployment within a NAIRU framework. In the short run the private effective labour demand need not be downward sloping because of debt deflation and wage-led demand regimes. In the medium run the NAIRU will be endogenous because of the social norm character of wage setting and the supply-side effects of capital accumulation. Capital investment rather than labour market institutions is the crucial variable that explains changes in unemployment performance. We provide econometric evidence that the post-Keynesian view holds up well in the recession following the crisis 2008.

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  • Engelbert Stockhammer & Alexander Guschanski & Karsten Kohler, 2014. "Unemployment, capital accumulation and labour market institutions in the Great Recession," Working Papers PKWP1406, Post Keynesian Economics Society (PKES).
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    Unemployment; NAIRU; Post Keynesian economics; panel analysis;
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    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian; Modern Monetary Theory
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E25 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Aggregate Factor Income Distribution

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