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Steindlian Models of Growth and Stagnation


  • Peter Skott

    () (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • Peter Flaschel


This paper examines Steindl’s original 1952 model and relates it to subsequent stagnationist models. The model is then extended by introducing endogenous changes in the markup and a reformulation of the investment function. These extensions address weaknesses of the simpler models, find support in Steindl’s writing and leave intact some of Steindl’s key results. In a further extension, we add a labour market and analyse the stabilizing influence of a Marxian reserve-army mechanism. The implications of this model for the effects of increased monopolization are largely in line with Steindl’s predictions.

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  • Peter Skott & Peter Flaschel, 2004. "Steindlian Models of Growth and Stagnation," UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers 2004-11, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ums:papers:2004-11

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    Steindl; accumulation; stagnation; markup; monopolization; reserve army of labour.;

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    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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