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Composite habits and international transmission of business cycles

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This paper shows how internal habit formation defined over a composite of consumption and leisure can bring a two-country business cycle model closer to the data. Conditional on productivity shocks, our model reconciles with the data by closing the gap between cross-country correlations of consumption and output. It also predicts positive international correlations of investment and employment of the magnitude observed in the data. In other words, a rather parsimonious departure from a canonical two-country, two-good model goes a long way toward addressing two long-standing puzzles: the “quantity anomaly” and the “international comovement puzzle”.

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  • Dmitriev, Alexandre, 2017. "Composite habits and international transmission of business cycles," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 1-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:76:y:2017:i:c:p:1-34
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2016.12.003
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    Keywords

    Quantity anomaly; International comovement puzzle; Composite habits; Wealth effects;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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