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Poignée de main invisible et persistance des cycles économiques : une revue de la littérature

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  • Christian Calmès

The author explains how self-enforcing labour contracts can enhance the performance of macroeconomic models. He exposes the benefits of using these dynamic contracts to account for some puzzling macroeconomic facts regarding the dynamics and persistence of employment, consumption and output. In particular, the dynamic properties of employment and consumption differ from those derived with the standard flexible-wage model, in a way that could shed new light on the dynamics puzzle typical of macroeconomic models.

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Paper provided by Bank of Canada in its series Staff Working Papers with number 03-40.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2003
Handle: RePEc:bca:bocawp:03-40
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