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Title:Class struggle and economic fluctuations: VAR analysis of the post-war U.S. economy PDF Logo
Authors:Basu, Deepankar
Chen, Ying
Oh, Jong-seok
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Working Paper, University of Massachusetts, Department of Economics 2012-02
Abstract:Building on Marx's insights in Chapter 25, Volume I of Capital, an augmented version of the cyclical profit squeeze (CPS) theory offers a plausible explanation of macroeconomic fluctuations under capitalism. The pattern of dynamic interactions that emerges from a 3-variable (profit share, unemployment rate and nonresidential fixed investment) vector autoregression estimated with quarterly data for the postwar U.S. economy is consistent with the CPS theory for the regulated (1949Q1 - 1975Q1) as well as for the neoliberal periods (starting in 1980 or in 1985). Hence, the CPS mechanism seems to be in operation even under neoliberalism.
Subjects:cyclical profit squeeze
vector autoregression
JEL:B51
C22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts

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