Policies to stimulate investment in the age of financialization in Europe

Despite increasing profits private investment remained weak in Europe as firms directed their profits to […]

Policy Brief

24/04/2017

Despite increasing profits private investment remained weak in Europe as firms directed their profits to financial speculation (Tori and Onaran, 2017). Not only high dividend payments but also increasing financial revenues of firms due to their surging financial activities crowd out private investment in physical machinery and equipment. Perversely, financial activities do not automatically provide more funds for productive activity. 

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