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Non-stabilizing Flexibility:From the Contributions By Keynes and Kalecki Towards a Post-Keynesian Approach

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New and old mainstream macroeconomics argues that price flexibility stabilizes the economy. After a decline in aggregate demand, the more rapid prices fall, the faster output returns to its full employment level. The theoretical basis for this result is the well known "Pigou effect". However both Keynes and Kalecki rejected the thesis that price flexibility, in a demand-induced recession, can be stabilizistabilizing. This paper seeks to contrast Keynes's and Kalecki's ideas with the mainstream and discuss and alternative approach in the spirit of the post-keynesian's debt-deflation school.

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  • Sau, Lino, 2006. "Non-stabilizing Flexibility:From the Contributions By Keynes and Kalecki Towards a Post-Keynesian Approach," MPRA Paper 3391, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Passarella, Marco, 2011. "From the village fair to Wall Street. The Italian reception of Minsky’s economic thought," MPRA Paper 49593, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Non-stabilizing flexibily; Pigou effect: Fisher effect; Debt-deflation;

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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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