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The Volatility of the Tradeable and Nontradeable Sectors: Theory and Evidence

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  • Laura Povoledo

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This paper investigates the business cycle fluctuations of the tradeable and nontradeable sectors of the US economy. Then, it evaluates whether a “New Open Economy” model having prices sticky in the producer’s currency can re¬produce the observed fluctuations qualitatively. The answer is positive: both in the model and in the data the standard deviations of tradeable inflation, out¬put and employment are significantly higher than the standard deviations of the corresponding nontradeable sector variables. A key role in generating this result is played by the greater responsiveness of tradeable sector variables to monetary shocks.

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Paper provided by Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis in its series CDMA Conference Paper Series with number 0901.

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Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:san:cdmacp:0901

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Keywords: New Open Economy Macroeconomics; Tradeable and Nontradeable Sectors; Business Cycles.;

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  1. Laura Povoledo, 2013. "Modelling the sectoral allocation of labour in open economy models," Working Papers 20131312, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.

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