© 2002

Corporate Governance and Sustainable Prosperity

  • William Lazonick
  • Mary O’Sullivan

Part of the The Jerome Levy Economics Institute Series book series (JLEI)

About this book


How can we explain the persistent worsening of the income distribution in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s? What are the prospects for the re-emergence of sustainable prosperity in the US economy over the next generation? Situating these questions within a wider context through historical analysis and comparisons with Germany and Japan, this book focuses on the microeconomics of corporate investment behaviour, and the macroeconomics of household saving behaviour. Specifically, the contributors analyze how the combined pressures of excessive corporate growth, international competition, and intergenerational dependence have influenced corporate investment over the past two decades. They also offer a perspective on how corporate investment in skill bases can support sustainable prosperity, with studies drawn from the machine tool, aircraft engine, and medical equipment industries.


competition corporate governance Governance growth income distribution Investment Japan microeconomics

Editors and affiliations

  • William Lazonick
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mary O’Sullivan
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts LowellMassachusettsUSA
  2. 2.INSEADFontainebleauFrance

About the editors

BETH ALMEIDA Research Economist, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ROBERT FORRANT Associate Professor, Department of Regional Economic and Social Development MICHAEL HANDEL Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison PHILIP MOSS Professor Department of Regional Economic and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Lowell CHRIS TILLY University Professor, Department of Regional Economic and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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