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Macroeconomic Fluctuations and the Allocation of Time

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  • Robert E. Hall

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What are the fundamental driving forces of macroeconomic fluctuations? In particular, why do people spend more time working in booms and less in recessions? These are basic questions of macroeconomics. Recent thinking has emphasized technology shifts, preference shifts, and changes in government purchases as likely driving forces. It is useful to distinguish atemporal and intertemporal effects of the driving forces. Under standard assumptions, the technology shift has no effect through atemporal channels because income and substitution effects exactly offset. A straightforward decomposition of movements of employment attributes most of them to the atemporal effects of preference shifts.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5933.

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Date of creation: Feb 1997
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Publication status: published as Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 15, no. 1, part 2 (January 1997): S223-S250
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5933

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