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Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Growth

Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Growth

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Edited by Mark Setterfield

Comprising specially commissioned essays, the Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of alternative theories of economic growth. It surveys major sub-fields (including classical, Kaleckian, evolutionary, and Kaldorian growth theories) and highlights cutting-edge issues such as the relationship between finance and growth, the interplay of trend and cycle, and the role of aggregate demand in the long run.

Chapter 6: Surveying Short-run and Long-run Stability Issues with the Kaleckian Model of Growth

Marc Lavoie

Subjects: economics and finance, evolutionary economics, history of economic thought, post-keynesian economics


1 Marc Lavoie 1 Introduction Writing a survey on the Kaleckian model of growth and distribution is a difficult task in view of the existence of the excellent survey that has already been provided by Blecker (2002). Since then, another survey, just as complete, has been written in French by Allain (2009). In addition, at least three other chapters in the present book deal with complications involving the Kaleckian model. As a result the present chapter will deal with elementary issues of stability, both in the short run and in the long run. We start with the former, before addressing the long run in the second half of the chapter. In both cases, we will show that the generality of Kaleckian results is greater than many critics of the Kaleckian model have suggested. 2 The standard Kaleckian model The usual Kaleckian model is made up of three equations: an investment equation, a saving equation, and a pricing equation. Each of these equations can be made more complicated at will, as will be shown in other chapters, and of course we may wish to add other equations, for instance equations defining inflation determination (Cassetti, 2002; Lavoie, 1992, Chapter 7), or central bank reaction functions (Lavoie and Kriesler, 2007). Here we stick to the basic model. r 5 mu/v g s 5 spr gi 5 g 1 guu 1 grm (1) (2) (3) We assume away overhead labour (but see Rowthorn, 1981 and Lavoie, 1992), so that the pricing function in terms...

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