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Is lumpy investment really irrelevant for the business cycle?

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  • Tommy Sveen
  • Lutz Weinke

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New-Keynesian (NK) models can only account for the dynamic effects of monetary policy shocks if it is assumed that aggregate capital accumulation is much smoother than it would be the case under frictionless firm-level investment, as discussed in Woodford (2003, Ch. 5). We find that lumpy investment, when combined with price stickiness and market power of firms, can rationalize this assumption. Our main result is in stark contrast with the conclusions obtained by Thomas (2002) in the context of a real business cycle (RBC) model. We use our model to explain the economic mechanism behind this difference in the predictions of RBC and NK theory.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in its series Economics Working Papers with number 869.

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Cited by:
  1. Fang Yao, 2008. "Lumpy Labor Adjustment as a Propagation Mechanism of Business Cycles," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2008-056, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  2. Tommy Sveen & Lutz Weinke, 2009. "Firm-Specific Capital and Welfare," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 5(2), pages 147-179, June.
  3. Sam Cole, 2010. "The regional portfolio of disruptions, protection, and disasters," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 44(2), pages 251-272, April.

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