Did Financialization Reduce Economic Growth?
47 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2015
Date Written: March 1, 2015
We explore the economic growth consequences of increased financial investment by non-financial firms, finding consistent evidence that financialization in the non-finance sector reduced total value added. Employing an expanded conceptualization of value added which identifies internal (capital, labor) and external (creditors, government, charities) stakeholders with claims on the value generated in production and exchange, we also find that the declining value added produced by financialization was born most strikingly by labor and the state, while increasing value was channeled to corporate debt and equity holders. Corporate charities also had a net loss.
Keywords: growth, corporate finance, income distribution, economic sociology, financialization, financial economics
JEL Classification: E01, G31, O51
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