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Persistence of Business Cycles in Multisector RBC Models

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  • Benhabib, Jess
  • Perli, Roberto
  • Sakellaris, Plutarchos

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In this paper we explore whether the changing composition of output in response to technology shocks can play a significant role in the propagation of shocks over time. For this purpose we study two multisector RBC models, with two and a three sectors. We find that, whereas the two sectors model requires a high intertemporal elasticity of substitution fo consumption to match the dynamic properties of the US data, the three sector model has a strong propagation mechanism under conventional parameterizations, as long as the factor intensities in the three sectors are different enough.

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  • Benhabib, Jess & Perli, Roberto & Sakellaris, Plutarchos, 1997. "Persistence of Business Cycles in Multisector RBC Models," Working Papers 97-19, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University.
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    Keywords

    MACROECONOMICS ; BUSINESS CYCLES ; ECONOMIC GROWTH;

    JEL classification:

    • E00 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - General
    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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