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Business Cycles With A Common Trend in Neutral and Investment-Specific Productivity

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  • Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe

    (Columbia University)

  • Martin Uribe

    (Columbia University)

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This paper identifies a new source of business-cycle fluctuations. Namely, a common stochastic trend in neutral and investment-specific productivity. We document that in U.S. postwar quarterly data total factor productivity (TFP) and the relative price of investment are cointegrated. We show theoretically that TFP and the relative price of investment are cointegrated if and only if neutral and investment-specific productivity share a common stochastic trend. We econometrically estimate an RBC model augmented with a number of real rigidities and driven by a multitude of shocks. We find that in the context of our estimated model, innovations in the common stochastic trend explain. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe & Martin Uribe, 2011. "Business Cycles With A Common Trend in Neutral and Investment-Specific Productivity," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 14(1), pages 122-135, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:09-246
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2010.07.001
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    Keywords

    Sources of business cycles; Investment specific shocks; Technology shocks; Cointegration; Common shocks;
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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