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Monetary Policy, Agency Costs and Output Dynamics

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  • Ludger Linnemann
  • Andreas Schabert

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This paper examines the role of financial market imperfections for output reactions to nominal interest rate shocks. Empirical evidence shows a hump-shaped impulse response function of output and suggests that credit supply co-moves with output. A monetary business cycle model with staggered price setting is presented where the firms' outlays for capital and labor must be covered by the sum of net worth of entrepreneurs and loans in the form of debt contracts. These properties are shown to generate a hump-shaped impulse response of output, which takes on the smooth and persistent appearance of the empirical output response when nominal wages are set in a staggered way, too. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2003.

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 4 (2003)
Issue (Month): (08)
Pages: 341-364

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Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:4:y:2003:i::p:341-364

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