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Granger Causality and Equilibrium Business Cycle Theory

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  • Wen, Yi

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Post war US data show that consumption growth causes output and investment growth. This is puzzling if technology is the driving force of the business cycle. I ask whether general equilibrium models driven by demand shocks can rationalize the observed causal relations. My conclusion is that business cycle theory remains behind business cycle measurement.

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Paper provided by Cornell University, Center for Analytic Economics in its series Working Papers with number 01-07.

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  1. Dressler, Scott J. & Li, Victor E., 2009. "Inside money, credit, and investment," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 970-984, April.

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