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Credit Frictions and the Comovement between Durable and Non-durable Consumption

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  • Vincent Sterk

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According to Monacelli (2009), a standard New-Keynesian model augmented with credit frictions solves the outstanding challenge to generate a joint decline of durable and non-durable consumption during a monetary tightening. This paper shows that his success in generating positive comovement between durables and non-durables is solely due to assumptions about price-stickiness in the durable goods sector and that the introduction of credit frictions actually makes the comovement problem harder to solve

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series DNB Working Papers with number 210.

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Handle: RePEc:dnb:dnbwpp:210

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Keywords: New-Keynesian models; financial frictions; general equilibrium;

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