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Firm-Specific Capital, Nominal Rigidities and the Business Cycle

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  • Altig, David

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)

  • Christiano, Lawrence

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    (Northwestern University)

  • Eichenbaum, Martin

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    (Northwestern University)

  • Lindé, Jesper

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    (Research Department, Central Bank of Sweden)

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Macroeconomic and microeconomic data paint conflicting pictures of price behavior. Macroeconomic data suggest that inflation is inertial. Microeconomic data indicate that firms change prices frequently. We formulate and estimate a model which resolves this apparent micro - macro conflict. Our model is consistent with post-war U.S. evidence on inflation inertia even though firms re-optimize prices on average once every 1.5 quarters. The key feature of our model is that capital is firm-specific and predetermined within a period.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2004
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Keywords: Technology shocks; Firm-specific capital; Monetary policy; Nominal rigidities; Real rigidities; Business cycles;

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