Abstract

IMPLICATIONS OF MARKET AND POLITICAL POWER INTERACTIONS FOR GROWTH AND THE BUSINESS CYCLE I: PRIVATE SECTOR EQUILIBRIUM

Tryphon Kollintzas
Athens University of Economics and Business and CEPR

Dimitris Papageorgiou
Bank of Greece

Vanghelis Vassilatos
Athens University of Economics and Business, Econometrics Laboratory, IMOP


Abstract

In this paper, we develop a two sector DSGE model with market and political power interactions. These interactions are motivated by the politico-economic systems of several South European countries, over the last half century. In these countries the state permits the existence of industries, typically related to the extended public sector, where firms and workers employed therein have market power (insiders), unlike other firms and workers in the economy (outsiders), as insiders, that dominate the major political parties, cooperate to influence government decisions, including those that pertain to the very existence of such a politico-economic system. Consistently with stylized facts of growth and the business cycle of these countries, the model predicts: (i) large negative deviations of per capita GDP from what these countries would have been capable of, if their politico-economic system was not characterized by the above mentioned frictions; and (ii) deeper and longer recessions in response to negative shocks, as their politico-economic system reacts so as to amplify these shocks. 

JEL- classification: E20, E32, H42, J51, P16 

Keywords: Growth, Business Cycles, Southern European Economies, Insiders-Outsiders, Politico-economic Equilibrium, Amplification Effect

Acknowledgements: We wish to clarify that the views expressed herein do not necessarily express the views of the Bank of Greece. The first and third authors are grateful to the Bank of Greece for financial support. We are also grateful to Hiona Balfoussia for comments.

Correspondence:
Vanghelis Vassilatos
76 Patission
104 34 Athens
e-mail: vvassila@aueb.gr




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