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Granger causality and equilibrium business cycle theory

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Post-war US data show that consumption growth "Granger causes" output and investment growth. This is puzzling if technology is the driving force of the business cycle. I ask whether general equilibrium models with information frictions and non-technology shocks can rationalize the observed causal relations. My conclusion is they cannot.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 2005-038.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Publication status: Published in Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, May/June 2007, 89(3), pp. 195-205
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2005-038

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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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