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Large Open Economies and Fixed Costs of Capital Adjustment

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  • Christian Bayer

    (Universitaet Bonn)

  • Volker Tjaden

    (Simon-Kucher & Partners)

Abstract

Capital reallocation creates excess volatility in investment in many two-country open economy models. Convex adjustment costs to capital have become a standard tool to deal with this. However, current microeconomic investment models feature non-convex adjustment costs as the dominant friction. This paper analyzes fixed costs to capital adjustment in a two-country business cycle model and finds that fixed costs - unlike in closed economies - dampen aggregate investment volatilities. Moreover, convex adjustment costs can serve as a stand-in for these fixed adjustment costs when one is interested in aggregate dynamics only. Yet, the mapping between fixed and quadratic adjustment costs co-depends on other model parameters. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Christian Bayer & Volker Tjaden, 2016. "Large Open Economies and Fixed Costs of Capital Adjustment," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 21, pages 125-146, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:13-97
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2015.05.001
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    1. Dmitriev, Alexandre, 2017. "Composite habits and international transmission of business cycles," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 1-34.

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    Keywords

    Aggregation; International business cycle models; Investment; Non-convex adjustment costs;

    JEL classification:

    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • 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
    • F44 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Business Cycles

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