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The financialization of the non‐financial corporation. A critique to the financial turn of accumulation hypothesis

Rabinovich, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9175-0848 (2019). The financialization of the non‐financial corporation. A critique to the financial turn of accumulation hypothesis. Metroeconomica, 70(4), pp. 738-775. doi: 10.1111/meca.12251

Abstract

One aspect in which non-financial corporations (NFCs) are said to be financialized is that they have been increasingly engaged in financial accumulation from which they derive a growing proportion of financial income. This is what we call the financial turn of accumulation hypothesis. In this article, we show that the evidence used to sustain it, in the U.S. setting, has to be reconsidered. Our findings show that, contrary to the financial turn of accumulation hypothesis, financial income averages 2.5% of NFCs’ total income since the 1980s, oscillating since the beginnings of the 1990s until 2005 and then declining. In terms of assets, some of the alleged financial assets might actually reflect other activities in which NFCs have been increasingly engaged, such as tax avoidance, internationalization of production, activities refocusing and M&As.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Rabinovich, J. The financialization of the non-financial corporation. A critique to the financial turn of accumulation hypothesis. Metroeconomica. 2019; 70: 738– 775, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/meca.12251. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
Date available in CRO: 05 Nov 2021 15:18
Date deposited: 5 November 2021
Date of first online publication: November 2019
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/27051
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