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Firing costs and business cycle fluctuations

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  • Marcelo Veracierto

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This paper evaluates to what extent the introduction of firing costs can affect the aggregate dynamics of a neoclassical growth model with heterogeneous establishments. Similarly to the previous literature, firing costs are found to have large steady-state effects. However, they have no important effects on business cycle dynamics: Aggregate employment fluctuations are somewhat smaller when the firing costs are introduced, but most of the effects turn out to be insignificant.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Working Paper Series with number WP-03-29.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhwp:wp-03-29

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