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Investment Cycles in Capitalist Economies

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Investment Cycles in Capitalist Economies

A Kaleckian Behavioural Contribution

9781858984100 Edward Elgar Publishing
Jerry Courvisanos, Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Business School, Federation University Australia
Publication Date: 1996 ISBN: 978 1 85898 410 0 Extent: 288 pp
Drawing on this susceptibility cycle model, Jerry Courvisanos shows how corporate and governmental strategic planners can better design policies to mitigate the instability that investment exhibits. The result could be to diminish the aggravating effect that investment instability has on business cycles and employment in capitalist economies.

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This major book extends Michal Kalecki’s investment cycle analysis into an integrated dynamic model of how levels of confidence experienced by entrepreneurs affect their decisions to invest.

The long-term, expensive and uncertain nature of investment projects inhibits decision makers’ confidence, making it susceptible to a wide range of factors. Incorporating behavioural and evolutionary analysis into a Kaleckian investment model, Jerry Courvisanos develops the concept of susceptibility which provides the foundation for an improved understanding of the empirically observed cyclical instability of capital accumulation. Historically based empirical patterns of cyclical manufacturing investment in capitalist economies are identified and related to how the nature of susceptibility alters over time. These alterations are shown to create different investment cycle patterns over evolving periods of economic development.

Drawing on this susceptibility cycle model, Jerry Courvisanos shows how corporate and governmental strategic planners can better design policies to mitigate the instability that investment exhibits. The result could be to diminish the aggravating effect that investment instability has on business cycles and employment in capitalist economies.
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‘This book offers a comprehensive treatment of the determinants of business fixed investment behaviour and its fluctuations. . . A reader wanting to become acquainted with a Kaleckian–Keynesian approach to investment or business cycles would, I believe, find in this book a wonderful synthesis of the key ideas of this viewpoint. . . Courvisanos presents in this book an approach that should be given serious consideration.’
– Tracy Mott, The Economic Journal

‘The book’s first four chapters, roughly half of its length, introduce Kalecki’s theory and the extensive research literature it spawned. The breadth of this review demonstrates the author’s excellent knowledge of the literature and provides a valuable bibliography of work related to Kalecki’s models.’
– Steven Fazzari, Washington University in St. Louis
Contents
Contents: Preface Introduction: The Need for a Theory of Investment Cycles 2. Kaleckian Analysis of Investment 3. Investment under Uncertainty: Behavioural and Evolutionary Views 4. Institutional Behaviour of Firms 5. The Susceptibility Cycle: An Endogenous Model 6. Exogenous Factors Affecting Susceptibility 7. Long Run Empirical Patterns of Cyclical Investments 8. Policy Implications and Future Directions Bibliography Index
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