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Inventories and the business cycle: an overview

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  • Terry J. Fitzgerald

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A review of research on the relationship between inventory investment and business cycle fluctuations, focusing on the developments of the last 15 years. A central issue in the literature, the relative importance of demand and supply shocks as sources of fluctuations, continues to be debated.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its journal Economic Review.

Volume (Year): (1997)
Issue (Month): Q III ()
Pages: 11-22

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcer:y:1997:i:qiii:p:11-22

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Keywords: Inventories ; Business cycles;

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  1. Bils, M. & Kahn, J.A., 1996. "What Inventory Behavior Tells Us About Business Cycles," RCER Working Papers 428, University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER).
  2. Bental, B. & Eden, B., 1992. "Inventories in a Competitive Environment," Working Papers, University of Iowa, Department of Economics 92-19, University of Iowa, Department of Economics.
  3. Alan S. Blinder, 1981. "Retail Inventory Behavior and Business Fluctuations," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 12(2), pages 443-520.
  4. Caballero, Ricardo J & Engel, Eduardo M R A, 1991. "Dynamic (S, s) Economies," Econometrica, Econometric Society, Econometric Society, vol. 59(6), pages 1659-86, November.
  5. Moses Abramovitz, 1950. "Inventories and Business Cycles, with Special Reference to Manufacturer's Inventories," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number abra50-1, October.
  6. Olivier J. Blanchard, 1982. "The Production and Inventory Behavior of the American Automobile Industry," NBER Working Papers 0891, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Cited by:
  1. Aubhik Khan & Julia K. Thomas, 2004. "Inventories and the business cycle: an equilibrium analysis of (S,s) policies," Working Papers 04-11, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
  2. Sweidan, O., 2004. "Recent Evidence on Improved Inventory Control: A quarterly Model of the US Economy for the period 1959-2001," International Journal of Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 1(4), pages 75-84.
  3. Paula R. Worthington, 1998. "Inventories and output volatility," Working Paper Series, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago WP-98-21, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
  4. Andreas Hornstein, 1998. "Inventory investment and the business cycle," Economic Quarterly, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue Spr, pages 49-71.
  5. Bernd Süssmuth, 2002. "National and Supranational Business Cycles (1960-2000): A multivariate description of central G7 and EURO15 NIPA aggregates," CESifo Working Paper Series 658, CESifo Group Munich.
  6. Katsuyuki Shibayama, 2008. "Inventory Cycles," Studies in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Kent 0804, Department of Economics, University of Kent.

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