Chapter

Conclusions

Peter Flaschel and Alfred Greiner

in Flexicurity Capitalism

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199751587
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932825 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751587.003.0006
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The conclusions summarize the main results. In particular, neither the Marx' reserve army mechanism nor mass unemployment as a disciplining device, as in Kalecki's work, are necessary for the functioning of a capitalistic system. The introduction of minimum and maximum real wages can attenuate the negative consequences of booms and recessions provided that markets, including the labor market, are sufficiently flexible implying that employers must not be constrained in their hiring and firing decisions. Further, lower and upper bounds for real wages can be seen as one ingredient of a flexicurity economy that intends to overcome the conflict between capital and labor. Thus, flexicurity capitalism can be considered as a Western type of competitive socialism, as envisaged by Schumpeter, that does not only successfully solve the coordination problem but also the incentive problem in the principal-agent scenario.

Keywords: reserve army mechanism; flexicurity; competitive socialism; coordination problem; minimum wages

Chapter.  621 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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