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Microeconomic Inventory Behavior and Aggregate Inventory Dynamics

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  • Daniele Coen-Pirani

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The slow adjustment of inventory stocks to changes in sales has been a puzzle for the inventory literature since at least Auerbach and Feldstein (1976). Recent evidence suggests that estimated firm-level adjustment speeds of inventory stocks are significantly higher than estimates based on aggregate data. This paper investigates the circumstances under which such bias occurs using an industry equilibrium model where, consistently with empirical evidence, some firms smooth production while others bunch it. The model can account for the significant downward bias documented empirically when a subset of firms displays countercyclical mark-up movements.

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  • Daniele Coen-Pirani, 2003. "Microeconomic Inventory Behavior and Aggregate Inventory Dynamics," GSIA Working Papers 2003-E28, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business.
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    1. Aubhik Khan & Julia K. Thomas, 2007. "Inventories and the Business Cycle: An Equilibrium Analysis of ( S , s ) Policies," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 97(4), pages 1165-1188, September.
    2. Aubhik Khan & Julia K. Thomas, 2004. "Modeling Inventories Over the Business Cycle," NBER Working Papers 10652, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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