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Aggregate Implications of Lumpy Investment: New Evidence and a DSGE Model

The sensitivity of U.S. aggregate investment to shocks is procyclical: the response upon impact increases by approximately 50% from the trough to the peak of the business cycle. This feature of the data follows naturally from a DSGE model with lumpy microeconomic capital adjustment. Beyond explaining this specific time variation, our model and evidence provide a counterexample to the claim that microeconomic investment lumpiness is inconsequential for macroeconomic analysis.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1566R.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2008
Date of revision: Apr 2010
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1566-r
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