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Lapavitsas, Costas (2022) 'The return of inflation and the weakness of the side of production.' The Japanese Political Economy, 48 (2/4). pp. 149-169.

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Abstract

The acceleration of inflation in the early 2020s following the pandemic shock poses significant risks for financialised capitalism. This article argues that the root causes of inflation do not lie with excessive money creation, as is claimed by Monetarists. By drawing on Keynes’s discussion of war finance, it shows that the causes are to be found primarily in the boost to aggregate demand delivered by core countries of the world economy, while aggregate supply has been persistently weak. Analyzing the weakness of the production side requires recourse to Marxist political economy, especially the role of poor profitability. In this light, a fundamental reason for supply side weakness is the attenuation of the “internal” mechanism of capitalist accumulation in core countries as productivity growth and investment have been feeble since at least the crisis of 2007–2009. The policy options to confront rising inflation are correspondingly difficult.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 2329194X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/2329194x.2022.2142613
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2022 12:14
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/38351

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