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Aggregate Dynamics in Lumpy Economies

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  • Isaac Baley
  • Andrés Blanco

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In economies with lumpy microeconomic adjustment, we establish structural relationships between the dynamics of the cross-sectional distribution of agents and its steady-state counterpart and discipline these relationships using micro data. Applying our methodology to firm lumpy investment, we discover that the dynamics of aggregate capital are structurally linked to two cross-sectional moments of the capital-to-productivity ratio: its dispersion and its covariance with the time elapsed since the last adjustment. We compute these sufficient statistics using plant–level data on the size and frequency of investments. We find that, in order to explain investment dynamics, the benchmark model with fixed adjustment costs must also feature a precise combination of irreversibility and random opportunities of free adjustment.

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  • Isaac Baley & Andrés Blanco, 2019. "Aggregate Dynamics in Lumpy Economies," Working Papers 1116, Barcelona School of Economics.
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    inaction; lumpiness; transitional dynamics; non convex adjustment costs; sufficient statistics; firm investment; adjustment hazard; Ss models;
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    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
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