Stock-Flow Consistent Macroeconomic Models: A Survey

Levy Economics Institute, Working Papers Series

71 Pages Posted: 30 May 2017

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Michalis Nikiforos

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Gennaro Zezza

University of Cassino - Department of Economics; Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

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Date Written: May 24, 2017

Abstract

The stock-flow consistent (SFC) modeling approach, grounded in the pioneering work of Wynne Godley and James Tobin in the 1970s, has been adopted by a growing number of researchers in macroeconomics, especially after the publication of Godley and Lavoie (2007), which provided a general framework for the analysis of whole economic systems, and the recognition that macroeconomic models integrating real markets with flow-of-funds analysis had been particularly successful in predicting the Great Recession of 2007–9. We introduce the general features of the SFC approach for a closed economy, showing how the core model has been extended to address issues such as financialization and income distribution. We next discuss the implications of the approach for models of open economies and compare the methodologies adopted in developing SFC empirical models for whole countries. We review the contributions where the SFC approach is being adopted as the macroeconomic closure of microeconomic agent-based models, and how the SFC approach is at the core of new research in ecological macroeconomics. Finally, we discuss the appropriateness of the name “stock-flow consistent” for the class of models we survey.

Keywords: Macroeconomic Models, Stock-flow Consistency, Financial Models, Economic Policy

JEL Classification: E1, E17, E50, E60, F41, G00

Suggested Citation

Nikiforos, Michalis and Zezza, Gennaro, Stock-Flow Consistent Macroeconomic Models: A Survey (May 24, 2017). Levy Economics Institute, Working Papers Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2973485 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2973485

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Gennaro Zezza

University of Cassino - Department of Economics ( email )

Cassino
Italy

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Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )

Blithewood
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
United States

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