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Thirlwall's Law at 40
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Thirlwall's Law at 40

9781800881464 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Thomas Palley, Founding Editor of the Review of Keynesian Economics and Independent Economist, Esteban Pérez Caldentey, Editor of the Review of Keynesian Economics and Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), Chile and Matías Vernengo, Founding Editor of the Review of Keynesian Economics and Professor, Bucknell University, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 146 4 Extent: c 144 pp
2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Anthony P. Thirlwall’s classic paper that laid out what became known as Thirlwall’s law. This article introduced and provided empirical evidence in favor of the proposition that the long-run rate of growth of an economy compatible with balance-of-payments equilibrium can be approximated by the simple rule of the ratio of the growth of exports to the income elasticity of demand for imports.

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2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Anthony P. Thirlwall’s classic paper that laid out what became known as Thirlwall’s law. This article introduced and provided empirical evidence in favor of the proposition that the long-run rate of growth of an economy compatible with balance-of-payments equilibrium can be approximated by the simple rule of the ratio of the growth of exports to the income elasticity of demand for imports.

Thirlwall’s law provides a theoretical underpinning for several of the arguments traditionally espoused by the heterodox followers of Keynes. In addition, Thirlwall’s law can also be viewed as a guide to policy-making. It has spurred a rich research agenda at both the theoretical and empirical levels. Theoretically the core model has been extended to include the different components of the current account of the balance of payments. Empirically, it has withstood the test of time and has been corroborated, with perhaps a few exceptions, for a variety of developed and developing countries under different historical contexts and different periods of time.

This re-release of the special issue of the Review of Keynesian Economics brings together experts and researchers to present the latest developments and debates on Thirlwall’s law. Students, economists and policy makers will find this volume enlightening.
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Contents:

Symposium: Thirlwall’s Law at 40
Thirlwall’s law at 40 1
Esteban Pérez Caldentey and Matías Vernengo

Why Thirlwall’s law is not a tautology: more on the debate over the law 3
J.S.L. McCombie

Endogenous growth, capital accumulation and Thirlwall’s dynamics: the
case of Latin America 18
Ignacio Perrotini-Hernández and Juan Alberto Vázquez-Muñoz

Thirlwall’s law and the terms of trade: a parsimonious extension of the
balance-of-payments-constrained growth model 37
Esteban Pérez Caldentey and Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid

Thirlwall’s law, external debt sustainability, and the balance-ofpayments-
constrained level and growth rates of output 60
Gustavo Bhering, Franklin Serrano and Fabio Freitas

Growth transitions and the balance-of-payments constraint 72
Excellent Mhlongo and Kevin S. Nell

New Structuralism and the balance-of-payments constraint 91
Gabriel Porcile and Giuliano Toshiro Yajima

Is Indonesia’s growth rate balance-of-payments-constrained? A timevarying
estimation approach 111
Jesus Felipe, Matteo Lanzafame and Gemma Estrada

Thoughts on balance-of-payments-constrained growth after 40 years 128
A.P. Thirlwall

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