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Lumpy investment and the monetary transmission mechanism

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  • Reiter, Michael
  • Sveen, Tommy
  • Weinke, Lutz

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The lumpy nature of plant-level investment is generally not taken into account in the context of New Keynesian monetary theory (see, e.g., Christiano et al., 2005; Woodford, 2005). Our main result shows that if this theory is augmented by a standard model of lumpy investment, monetary policy shocks lead to large but very short-lived impacts on output and inflation, in a way that goes against empirical evidence and the consensus view in the literature.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Monetary Economics.

Volume (Year): 60 (2013)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 821-834

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Handle: RePEc:eee:moneco:v:60:y:2013:i:7:p:821-834

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Keywords: Lumpy investment; Sticky prices;

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