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Post-Keynesian Macrodynamics and Path-Dependent Growth


  • Mark Setterfield

    () (Department of Economics, Trinity College)


This paper discusses the treatment of growth as a path-dependent process in Post-Keynesian macrodynamics. A synthetic Post-Keynesian growth model is used to demonstrate the ways in which growth can be described as path dependent in the Post-Keynesian tradition. Recent developments in neoclassical endogenous growth theory are then discussed, with a view to highlighting the sense in which these developments encroach on the Post-Keynesian treatment of growth as demand-led and path-dependent. Finally, the paper reflects on the pros and cons of these neoclassical developments for the future of Post-Keynesian macrodynamics.

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  • Mark Setterfield, 2010. "Post-Keynesian Macrodynamics and Path-Dependent Growth," Working Papers 1009, Trinity College, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tri:wpaper:1009

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    1. Asjad Naqvi & Engelbert Stockhammer, 2017. "Directed technological change in a post-Keynesian ecological macromodel," Working Papers PKWP1714, Post Keynesian Economics Study Group (PKSG).

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    Post-Keynesian growth theory; neoclassical growth theory; endogenous growth; path dependence;

    JEL classification:

    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian
    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models


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