Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/79481
Authors: 
Hein, Eckhard
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Levy Economics Institute 746
Abstract: 
This paper examines a major channel through which financialization or finance-dominated capitalism affects macroeconomic performance: the distribution channel. Empirical data for the following dimensions of redistribution in the period of finance-dominated capitalism since the early 1980s is provided for 15 advanced capitalist economies: functional distribution, personal/household distribution, and the share and composition of top incomes. Based on the Kaleckian approach to the determination of income shares, the effects of financialization on functional income distribution are studied in more detail. Some stylized facts of financialization are integrated into the Kaleckian approach, and by means of reviewing empirical and econometric literature it is found that financialization and neoliberalism have contributed to the falling labor income share since the early 1980s through three main Kaleckian channels: (1) a shift in the sectoral composition of the economy; (2) an increase in management salaries and rising profit claims of the rentiers, and thus in overheads; and (3) weakened trade union bargaining power.
Subjects: 
finance-dominated capitalism
distribution of income
Kaleckian price and distribution theory
JEL: 
D31
D33
D43
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
510.52 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.