Finance-Dominated Capitalism and Income Distribution: A Kaleckian Perspective on the Case of Germany
Eckhard Hein and
Italian Economic Journal: A Continuation of Rivista Italiana degli Economisti and Giornale degli Economisti, 2015, vol. 1, issue 2, 171-191
We present an investigation into the long-run effects of financialisation on income distribution before the financial and economic crises for Germany, one of the major mercantilist export-led economies. The analysis builds on a Kaleckian approach towards the examination of the effects of financialisation on income distribution, as suggested by Hein (Camb J Econ. doi: 10.1093/cje/bet038 , 2014a ). First, we show that Germany saw considerable re-distribution of income starting in the early 1980s, which accelerated in the early 2000s, in particular. Examining the three main channels through which financialisation (and neo-liberalism) are supposed to have affected the wage or the labour income share, according to the Kaleckian approach, we provide evidence for the existence of each of these channels in Germany since the mid-1990s, when several institutional changes provided the conditions for an increasing dominance of finance. Copyright Società Italiana degli Economisti (Italian Economic Association) 2015
Keywords: Finance-dominated capitalism; Distribution of income; Kaleckian distribution theory; Germany; D31; D33; D43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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