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Agency Costs, Net Worth, and Business Fluctuations: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis

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  • Carlstrom, Charles T
  • Fuerst, Timothy S

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This paper develops a computable general equilibrium model in which endogenous agency costs can potentially alter business-cycle dynamics. A principal conclusion is that the agency-cost model replicates the empirical fact that output growth displays positive autocorrelation at short horizons. This hump-shaped output behavior arises because households delay their investment decisions until agency costs are at their lowest--a point in time several periods after the initial shock. Copyright 1997 by American Economic Association.

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  • Carlstrom, Charles T & Fuerst, Timothy S, 1997. "Agency Costs, Net Worth, and Business Fluctuations: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 87(5), pages 893-910, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:87:y:1997:i:5:p:893-910
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