Inequality and Exchange Rate Movements in an Open-Economy Macroeconomic Model

This article – written with Francesco Ruggeri and Marco Veronese Passarella – presents a complete macroeconomic (SFC) model to study income and wealth distribution in an open economy. We argue that exchange rates and the stock of foreign debt play a major role in shaping inequality across and within countries. Using the ‘relative […]

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Competitive vs Cumulative Approach in Teaching Macroeconomics: Some Thoughts on Recent Popular Textbooks

In this paper I critically evaluate two different approaches to teaching macroeconomics at the undergraduate level through the comparison of two popular, recent handbooks: Olivier Blanchard’s Macroeconomics (2021) and William Mitchell, Randall Wray and Martin Watts’s Macroeconomics (2019). These textbooks are taken as benchmarks of two opposite views of the discipline: the cumulative as […]

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The Trade-Off between Inflation and Unemployment in an ‘MMT World’: An Open-Economy Perspective.

This paper – written with Matteo Deleidi – is focused on modern monetary theory’s (MMT) treatment of inflation from an open-economy perspective. It analyses how the inflation process is explained within the MMT framework and provides empirical evidence in support of this vision. However, it also makes use of a […]

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Is socialism back? A review of contemporary economic literature

The paper – written with André Pedersen Ystehede (Statistics Denmark) – deals with the recent resurgence of interest in the concept of “socialism” from an economic perspective. The most significant contemporary proposals for a new model of socialism are surveyed across five major thematic areas: socialism as a voluntary endeavour […]

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A New, Simple SFC Open Economy Framework

Olivier Blanchard has made the point that macroeconomic modelling should become more pluralistic: ‘we need different types of macroeconomic models for different purposes (…) No model can be all things to all people’ (Blanchard 2018). Among the five classes of models that Blanchard envisages, there should be the so-called ‘toy […]

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Price mechanism and endogenous productivity in an open economy stock‐flow consistent model

Abstract – This paper combines a Stock‐Flow Consistent open economy two‐country model with the Verdoorn‐Kaldor law, which posits a positive relationship between the rate of growth of output and productivity growth. The model shows the role of endogenous productivity as a shock magnifier and underlines the limits of the mechanisms […]

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Cross-border financial flows and global warming in a two-area ecological SFC model

Abstarct – with Matteo Deleidi, Riccardo Pariboni and MarcoVeronese Passarella – Socio-Economic Planning Sciences – We develop an ecological open-economy stock-flow consistent model that enables testing cross-area interactions among productive sectors, financial markets, social groups and the ecosystem. We argue that green financial investments can bring about unwanted ecological implications. […]

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Assessing the Marshall–Lerner condition within a stock-flow consistent model

Abstract – with Giuseppe Fontana and Marco Veronese Passarella – Cambridge Journal of Economics – We derive the general equilibrium condition for the terms of trade in a two-country economy model. We show that the Marshall–Lerner condition is only a special case of this condition, in which a full exchange […]

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Productivity growth, Smith effects and Ricardo effects in Euro Area’s manufacturing industries

Abstract – with Antoine Godin, Stefano Lucarelli and Marco Veronese Passarella – Metroeconomica – We analyse the determinants of labour productivity across (a sample of) EA member states. We focus on the divergent dynamics before and after the financial crisis, and of core countries relative to peripheral countries. We ground […]

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