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Business Fixed Investment and the Recent Business Cycle in Japan

In: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1996, Volume 11

  • Nobuhiro Kiyotaki
  • Kenneth D. West

To analyze business fixed investment in Japan, which has been unusually volatile in recent years, we develop and apply a loglinear flexible accelerator model. We find that movements in business fixed investment are consistent with movements in output and the tax- adjusted cost of capital, both on average during our entire 1961-94 sample and during the recent 1986-94 business cycle.

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  • Ben S. Bernanke & Julio J. Rotemberg, 1996. "NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1996, Volume 11," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number bern96-1, May.
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