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Profit from crisis: why capitalists do not want recovery, and what that means for America

Nitzan, Jonathan and Bichler, Shimshon (2014) Profit from crisis: why capitalists do not want recovery, and what that means for America. LSE American Politics and Policy (15 May 2014). Website.

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After years of recession and sluggish growth, for many, an economic recovery is the light at the end of the tunnel that will lead to greater employment, higher income and perhaps less inequality. While conventional economic wisdom holds that capitalists should be just as anxious to see recovery as workers, Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler argue that it is actually in capitalists’ interests to prolong the crisis, as their relative power increases in times of stagnation and unemployment. Using U.S. data from the past century, they find that when unemployment rises, capitalists can expect their share of income to rise in the years that follow. Unless society takes steps to decrease unemployment, capitalists are likely to continue to pursue stagnation for their own gain.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 10:47
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 00:24

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