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Financial Globalization and Labor: Employee Shareholding or Labor Regression?

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  • Nacho Álvarez Peralta
  • Bibiana Medialdea García

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The authors review from a critical perspective the ‘patrimonial capitalism’ approach, as well as its analysis of wage-labor transformations in developed economies during the last thirty years. For this purpose, they take the economies of France and the United States as study cases. According to this approach, patrimonial financialization of working households has involved a radical transformation of the wage-labor nexus, paradigmatically exemplified by the concept of employee shareholding. The authors point out weaknesses of this approach, theoretical as well as empirical. Furthermore, they focus on an alternative interpretation that characterizes the nature of wage-labor nexus transformation in the French and U.S. economies as a wage adjustment. This wage adjustment is the result of the neoliberal policies developed to restore capital profitability after the crisis of the 1970s, and has caused an erosion of salary and social conquests attained by labor after the Second World War. Finances have acted as a lever of social reorganization among classes to achieve the objective of profitability recovery.

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  • Nacho Álvarez Peralta & Bibiana Medialdea García, 2008. "Financial Globalization and Labor: Employee Shareholding or Labor Regression?," Working Papers wp172, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  • Handle: RePEc:uma:periwp:wp172
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    patrimonial capitalism; financial globalization; employee shareholding; crisis; wage adjustment; USA; France;

    JEL classification:

    • E11 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Marxian; Sraffian; Kaleckian
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General

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