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The Financial Accelerator from a Business Cycle Accounting Perspective

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  • Arturo Antón Sarabia

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In a recent paper, Gertler, Gilchrist and Natalucci (2006) report that the financial accelerator mechanism may account for about half of the fall in output and investment observed during the Korean crisis of 1997-1998. Using the business cycle accounting method of Chari, Kehoe and McGrattan (2006a), this paper finds that such a result is very sensitive to the value of Tobin’s q elasticity. The implication is that the adjustment cost function may be crucial in terms of the relative importance of distortions for explaining business cycle fluctuations.

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  • Arturo Antón Sarabia, 2007. "The Financial Accelerator from a Business Cycle Accounting Perspective," Working Papers 2007-06, Banco de México.
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    Keywords

    Business cycle accounting; Financial accelerator; Korean crisis;

    JEL classification:

    • E1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance

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