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Real Sector Imbalances and the Great Recession

  • Mark Setterfield

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College)

While much attention has been focused on the financial woes of the US economy in the wake of the Great Recession, this chapter focuses on an important real sector imbalance: the failure of real wages to keep pace with productivity growth over the past three decades. This imbalance is shown to create a structural flaw in the aggregate demand generating process that threatens to undermine future macroeconomic performance. The chapter reflects on the policy responses necessary to remedy this situation, and the likelihood that the US will succeed in avoiding a future of secular stagnation.

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Paper provided by Trinity College, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1201.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:tri:wpaper:1201
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