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The Italian productivity slowdown in a Real Business Cycle perspective

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  • Francesca Marino

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This paper investigates the structural relation between the italian weak macroeco- nomic performances and the productivity decline experienced over the last Öfteen years, estimating a Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) model. Modifying Ire- land and SchuhiÌ s (2008) two-sector RBC model in order to account for cointegration between consumption and investment, we interpret the unsatisfactory italian economic dynamics in light of a permanent negative shock to the component of productivity which is common across the consumption-good and the investment-good sector. In light of our results, the common view that the italian productivity problems involve only the Made in Italy sectors is only partially conÖrmed, since growth in the investment- good sector relies on the counterbalancing properties of its transitory sector-speciÖc productivity component. Moreover, the model indirectly stresses the importance of the intermediate-good productions in the observed productivity decline. The short and long-run implications of productivity dynamics for the consumption, investment and hours worked are also brieaÌ y discussed.

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  • Francesca Marino, 2013. "The Italian productivity slowdown in a Real Business Cycle perspective," SERIES 0046, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza - Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", revised Apr 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:bai:series:economia-series46
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    Keywords

    Real Business Cycle model; italian productivity slowdown; structural approach;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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