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Predatory Value ExtractionHow the Looting of the Business Corporation Became the US Norm and How Sustainable Prosperity Can Be Restored$
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William Lazonick and Jang-Sup Shin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198846772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198846772.001.0001

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The Growing Imbalance between Value Creation and Value Extraction

The Growing Imbalance between Value Creation and Value Extraction

(p.1) 1 The Growing Imbalance between Value Creation and Value Extraction
Predatory Value Extraction

William Lazonick

Jang-Sup Shin

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains how the US economy has transitioned from the “retain-and-invest” regime to the “downsize-and-distribute” regime, resulting in the growing imbalance between value creation and value extraction. It posits that this corporate-governance regime change was integral to the explosion of the incomes of the richest households and the erosion of middle-class employment opportunities through three major structural changes, “rationalization,” “marketization,” and “globalization.” It also highlights the academic roots of the regime change, that is, the nonsensical theory of the “unproductive firm” in neoclassical economics and the maximizing shareholder (MSV) view of the world that builds on it. The chapter then summarizes the contents of each chapter of the book.

Keywords:   Retain-and-reinvest, downsize-and-distribute, unproductive firm, middle class, corporate governance, rationalization, marketization, globalization

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