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The Media is the Measure: Technical change and employment, 1909-49

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  • Michelle Alexopoulos
  • Jon Cohen

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Difficulties in sorting out the empirical relationship between technical change and employment is attributable, at least in part, to the shortcomings associated with traditional measures of the former. In this paper, we use new indicators of technical change that we believe resolve many issues associated with other methods of identifying technology shocks, and use them to explore the impact of technical change on employment from 1909-49. The payoff to this effort is substantial for at least three reasons. First, it sheds light on the role of technology shocks in cyclical fluctuations during this period, second, it informs business cycle model selection (New Keynesian vs. Real Business Cycle), and, third, it contributes to our understanding of the part played by the New Deal Policies in the recovery from the Great Depression.

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Paper provided by University of Toronto, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number tecipa-351.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: 23 Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-351

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Keywords: Business Cycles; Technical Change; Great Depression; Unemployment;

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