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Shocks and Business Cycles

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  • Frankel David M

    () (Iowa State University)

  • Burdzy Krzysztof

    () (University of Washington)

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A popular theory of business cycles is that they are driven by animal spirits: shifts in expectations brought on by sunspots. A prominent example is Howitt and McAfee (AER, 1992). We show that this model has a unique equilibrium if there are payoff shocks of any size. This equilibrium still has the desirable property that recessions and expansions can occur without any large exogenous shocks. We give an algorithm for computing the equilibrium and study its comparative statics properties. This work generalizes Burdzy, Frankel, and Pauzner (2000) to the case of endogenous frictions and seasonal and mean-reverting shocks.

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  • Frankel David M & Burdzy Krzysztof, 2005. "Shocks and Business Cycles," The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 5(1), pages 1-88, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejtec:v:advances.5:y:2005:i:1:n:2
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    1. Frankel, David M., 2012. "Recurrent crises in global games," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(5), pages 309-321.
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    3. Steiner, Jakub, 2008. "Coordination cycles," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 308-327, May.
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    6. Bernardo Guimaraes & Caio Machado & Ana Elisa Pereira, 2017. "Dynamic coordination with timing frictions: theory and applications," Discussion Papers 1726, Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM).
    7. Guimaraes, Bernardo & Pereira, Ana Elisa, 2016. "QWERTY is efficient," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 163(C), pages 819-825.
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