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Endogenous Business Cycles and the Dynamics of Output, Hours, and Consumption

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  • Schmitt-Grohé, Stephanie

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This paper studies the business-cycle fluctuations predicted by a two-sector endogenous-business-cycle model with sector-specific external increasing returns to scale. It focuses on aspects of actual fluctuations that have been identified both as defining features of the business cycle and as ones that standard real-business-cycle models cannot explain: the autocorrelation function of output growth, the impulse response function of output to demand shocks, and the forecastable movements of output, hours, and consumption. For empirically realistic calibrations of the degree of sector-specific external returns to scale, the results suggest that endogenous fluctuations do not provide the dynamic element that is missing in existing real-business-cycle models.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2315.

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