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Unemployment in an Estimated New Keynesian Model

In: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2011, Volume 26

  • Jordi Galí
  • Frank Smets
  • Rafael Wouters

We develop a reformulated version of the Smets-Wouters (2007) framework that embeds the theory of unemployment proposed in Gal (2011a,b). We estimate the resulting model using postwar U.S. data, while treating the unemployment rate as an additional observable variable. Our approach overcomes the lack of identification of wage markup and labor supply shocks highlighted by Chari, Kehoe and McGrattan (2008) in their criticism of New Keynesian models, and allows us to estimate a "correct" measure of the output gap. In addition, the estimated model can be used to analyze the sources of unemployment fluctuations.

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  • Daron Acemoglu & Michael Woodford, 2012. "NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2011, Volume 26," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number acem11-1, October.
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