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Technology Shock and Employment under Catching up with the Joneses


  • Patrick Fève

    () (University of Toulouse (GREMAQ-CNRS and IDEI))


Following a positive technology shock, a flexible price monetary model with catching up with the Joneses utility function can easily generate a negative and persistent decline in employment. When the effect of relative consumption is large, the model also produces a small short run response of output to a technology shock.

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  • Patrick Fève, 2004. "Technology Shock and Employment under Catching up with the Joneses," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 5(3), pages 1-8.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-04e20002

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    1. Abel, Andrew B, 1990. "Asset Prices under Habit Formation and Catching Up with the Joneses," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 80(2), pages 38-42, May.
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    5. John Shea, 1999. "What Do Technology Shocks Do?," NBER Chapters,in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1998, volume 13, pages 275-322 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Collard, Fabrice & Dellas, Harris, 2004. "Supply shocks and employment in an open economy," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 82(2), pages 231-237, February.
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    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles


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