The role of labor in a socio-ecological transition: combining post-Keynesian and ecological economics perspectives

Strunk, B., Ederer, S., & Rezai, A. (2022). The role of labor in a socio-ecological transition: combining post-Keynesian and ecological economics perspectives. European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention 19 (1) 103-118. 10.4337/ejeep.2022.01.08.

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Abstract

This article investigates the role of labor in post-Keynesian economics and proposes an integration with ecological macroeconomics. Although post-Keynesians have to date not engaged extensively with environmental limits, there is an increasing interest in modeling policy proposals by ecological economists. While ecological and post-Keynesian economists share many ways of conceptualizing labor that are distinct from the mainstream, it is unclear how these feed into modeling, since post-Keynesians model labor as a residual and not as a policy variable per se. In fact, post-Keynesians have traditionally focused on targeting employment via targeting aggregate goods demand, rather than targeting it directly. This paper argues that by complementing this demand-side view with post-Keynesian perspectives on labor supply, one can arrive at a post-Keynesian labor theory that offers entry points for ecological theorizing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: post-Keynesian economics; ecological economics; labor theory; economic growth; climate change; unemployment; bargaining power
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Systemic Rick and Resilience (SYRR)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Equity and Justice (EQU)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 07:47
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 14:17
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/18072

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