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Political Economy, Growth, and Business Cycles

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ISBN-10: 0262031949

ISBN-13: 9780262031943

Edition: 1992

Authors: Alex Cukierman, Zvi Hercowitz, Leonardo Leiderman

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What political and economic factors stimulate growth and make an economy expand? These original contributions by some of today's leading macroeconomists and political economists explore a broad spectrum of social, political, and technological variables that encourage or impede economic growth. Topics range from economic reform and price flexibility to the economic effects of political coups and include both theoretical analysis and empirical results. During the past decade, economists have seen important new developments linking growth and business cycles to government policy. These contributions provide a clear understanding of these processes and their effect in shaping economic policy. They look at the welfare side of economics and offer strong economic models to explain the connection between social policies and economic growth. For example, John Londregan and Keith Poole address the economic effects of political coups, Torsten Persson and Guido Tabellini explore the question of whether inequality is harmful for growth, and Stephen Parente and Edward Prescott look at the role of technology adoption in stimulating growth. The essays cover a wide range of approaches. Several focus on the interaction between growth and the choice of policy, where policy reacts to economic and distributional considerations through a majority rule process. Others take the policy as given and focus on the empirical estimation of the speed of convergence of rates of growth across states and regions and the importance of externalities and knowledge spillovers for rates of growth. Essays about the business cycle fall into two broad categories. One, arising from the new political economy tradition, examines the effects of elections and price decontrols on the business cycle. The other explores the implications of optimal economic policies in a representative agent framework for the cyclical behavior of the economy. Alex Cukierman, Zvi Hercowitz, and Leonardo Leiderman are all Professors of Economics at Tel Aviv University.
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Book details

List price: $17.75
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/6/1992
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 422
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Alex Cukierman is Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University.

Zvi Hercowitz is Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University.

Leonardo Leiderman is Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University.

Introduction
Growth within Politico-Economic Frameworks
Growth, Distribution, and Politics
Distribution, Political Conflict and Economic Growth: A Simple Theory and Some Empirical Evidence
The Seizure of Executive Power and Economic Growth: Some Additional Evidence
Growth within Purely Economic Frameworks
Endogenous Macroeconomic Growth Theory
The Case for External Economies
Convergence across States and Regions
Technology Adoption and the Mechanics of Economic Development
Business Cycles within Politico-Economic Frameworks
Macroeconomic Policy and Elections in OECD Democracies
Should Prices Be Decontrolled Gradually or in a Big Bang?
Business Cycles within Purely Economic Frameworks
Optimal Fiscal and Monetary Policy: Some Recent Results
The Allocation of Capital and Time over the Business Cycle
Identification and the Liquidity Effect of a Monetary Policy Shock
Labor Market Regulations and Industry Equilibrium
A Framework for Assessing Aggregate Consequences of Labor Market Regulations
List of Contributors
Index