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The Financial Accelerator from a Business Cycle Accounting Perspective

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  • Arturo Antón Sarabia

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In a recent paper, Gertler, Gilchrist and Natalucci (2006) report that the financial accelerator mechanism may account for about half of the fall in output and investment observed during the Korean crisis of 1997-1998. Using the business cycle accounting method of Chari, Kehoe and McGrattan (2006a), this paper finds that such a result is very sensitive to the value of Tobin’s q elasticity. The implication is that the adjustment cost function may be crucial in terms of the relative importance of distortions for explaining business cycle fluctuations.

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Paper provided by Banco de México in its series Working Papers with number 2007-06.

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Keywords: Business cycle accounting; Financial accelerator; Korean crisis;

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