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Business Cycles and Long-Run Growth

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  • Saint-Paul, Gilles

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In this survey, we discuss the effect of macroeconomic fluctuations on long-run growth from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. We emphasize the "opportunity cost" approach, which states that firms will intertemporally substitute productivity-enhancing activities for regular production activity during recessions. We provide aggregate evidence in favor of the opportunity-cost approach. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 13 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (Autumn)
Pages: 145-53

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Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:13:y:1997:i:3:p:145-53

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  2. Solvay, J. & Sanglier, M., 1998. "A model of the growth of corporate productivity," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 7(5), pages 463-481, October.
  3. Sebastian Dullien & Ulrich Fritsche, 2007. "Does the Dispersion of Unit Labor Cost Dynamics in the EMU Imply Long-Run Divergence?: Results from a Comparison with the United States of America and Germany," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 674, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  4. Wälde, Klaus & Woitek, Ulrich, 2003. "R&D expenditure in G7 countries and implications for endogenous fluctuations and growth," Dresden Discussion Paper Series in Economics 03/03, Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics.
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  6. Pacheco Jiménez, J.F., 2001. "Business cycles in small open economies: the case of Costa Rica," ISS Working Papers - General Series 19075, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
  7. Sebastian Dullien & Ulrich Fritsche, 2008. "Does the dispersion of unit labor cost dynamics in the EMU imply long-run divergence?," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 5(3), pages 269-295, November.
  8. Jim Malley & Anton Muscatelli & Ulrich Woitek, 1998. "The Interaction Between Business Cycles and Productivity Growth: Evidence from US Industrial Data," Working Papers 9805, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow, revised Oct 1998.
  9. Keith Blackburn & Dimitrios Varvarigos, 2008. "Human capital accumulation and output growth in a stochastic environment," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 36(3), pages 435-452, September.
  10. Kangasharju, Aki & Pekkala, Sari, 2000. "The Effect Of Aggregate Fluctuations On Regional Economic Disparities In Finland," ERSA conference papers ersa00p26, European Regional Science Association.
  11. Dimitrios Varvarigos, 2006. "On stabilisation policy: Are there conflicting implications for growth and welfare?," Discussion Paper Series 2006_19, Department of Economics, Loughborough University, revised Jul 2006.
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  13. Nadine Leiner-Killinger & Víctor López Pérez & Roger Stiegert & Giovanni Vitale, 2007. "Structural reforms in EMU and the role of monetary policy – a survey of the literature," Occasional Paper Series 66, European Central Bank.

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