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How well can business cycle accounting account for business cycles?

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  • Keisuke Otsu

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The business cycle accounting method introduced by Chari, Kehoe and McGrattan (2007) is a useful tool to decompose business cycle fluctuations into their contributing factors. However, the model estimated by the maximum likelihood method cannot replicate business cycle moments computed from data. Moment-based estimation might be an attractive alternative if the purpose of the research is to study business cycle properties such as volatility, persistence and cross-correlation of variables instead of a specific business cycle episode.

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  • Keisuke Otsu, 2012. "How well can business cycle accounting account for business cycles?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(2), pages 1774-1784.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00864
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    Keywords

    Business Cycle Accounting; Business Cycle Moments;

    JEL classification:

    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • E1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models

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