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Revisiting debt-led and export-led growth models: a sectoral balances approach

Jan Behringer () and Till van Treeck

No 36-2018, FMM Working Paper from IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute

Abstract: In this paper, we revisit the macroeconomic foundations and political economy of national growth models. We challenge the Kaleckian framework underpinning the emergent growth model literature in comparative political economy, which focuses primarily on the functional income distribution (wages versus profits), while ignoring personal income distribution (inequality across private households). Using the examples of the "export-led" and "debt-led" growth models of Germany and the United States, we show how institutional differences can help explain why different countries developed different patterns of income distribution and how income distribution and institutions interacted to generate financial imbalances in different sectors of the economy (i.e., the private household sector, the private corporate sector, and the government sector).

Keywords: Growth models; financial balances; functional income distribution; personal income distribution; institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D3 J5 P5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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