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Real Business Cycles or Sticky Prices? The Impact of Technology Shocks on US Manufacturing

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  • Jim Malley
  • Anton Muscatelli
  • Ulrich Woitek

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In this paper we estimate industry-level VAR models at the 4- digit SIC level for a number of US manufacturing sectors, using TFP series which allow for variable factor utilisation over the cycle. This allows us to verify the relevance of alternative theoretical modelling approaches to the business cycle. Our results support standard RBC models, and models of nominal rigidity based on sticky wages. They o er little support to dynamic general equilibrium models based on imperfect competition and sticky prices. Our results extend those obtained recently by other researchers using aggregate data.

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 1999_15.

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Cited by:
  1. Ulrich Woitek, 2004. "Real Wages and Business Cycle Asymmetries," CESifo Working Paper Series 1206, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Malley, James R. & Muscatelli, V. Anton & Woitek, Ulrich, 2005. "Real business cycles, sticky wages or sticky prices? The impact of technology shocks on US manufacturing," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(3), pages 745-760, April.

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