A Reinterpretation of the Keynesian Consumption Function and Multiplier Effect
12 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 8, 2010
We propose a microeconomic foundation of the multiplier effect and that of the consumption function using a dynamic optimization model that explains a shortage of aggregate demand and unemployment. We show that government purchases boost aggregate demand through a multiplier-like process but that the implication is quite different. It works through not an increase in disposable income but moderation of deflation, which makes money holding costly and stimulates consumption.
Keywords: Keynesian Consumption Function, Multiplier Effect, Keynesian Cross, Persistent Unemployment, Aggregate Demand
JEL Classification: E12, E24, E62
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