Distribution and Growth in an Economy with Limited Needs: Variable Markups and 'the End of Work'

26 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Gilles Saint-Paul

University of Toulouse I - GREMAQ-IDEI; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This article studies a model of the distribution of income under bounded needs. Utility derived from any given is bounded from above and demand is therefore not isoelastic. On the other hand, introducing new varieties always increases utility. It is assumed that each variety is owned by a monopoly. Workers can specialise in material goods production or in the knowledge sector, which designs new varieties. As productivity increases, the economy moves from a 'Solovian zone' where wages increase with productivity, to a 'Marxian' zone where they paradoxically decline with productivity.

Suggested Citation

Saint-Paul, Gilles, Distribution and Growth in an Economy with Limited Needs: Variable Markups and 'the End of Work'. Economic Journal, Vol. 116, No. 115, pp. 382-407, April 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=894510 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2006.01085.x

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