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Investment-specific shocks and real business cycles in emerging economies: Evidence from Brazil

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  • Araújo, Eurilton

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This paper investigates the role of the RBC (Real Business Cycle) model with investment-specific technology shocks in explaining business cycle fluctuations in Brazil. I consider the role of transitory and permanent components of neutral and investment-specific technology shocks. I fit the model to the data using Bayesian techniques to show that the investment-specific shocks are important sources of fluctuations in the estimated model. In fact, in the context of the model, investment-specific shocks can account for remarkable percentages of fluctuations in consumption growth, GDP growth, investment growth and trade balance to GDP ratio. Furthermore, I present simulation evidence showing that the RBC model cannot account for some important features of the data.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

Volume (Year): 29 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 671-678

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:29:y:2012:i:3:p:671-678

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Keywords: Investment-specific shocks; Business cycles; Brazil; Fluctuations; DSGE models;

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  1. Taştan, Hüseyin, 2013. "Real business cycles in emerging economies: Turkish case," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 106-113.

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