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A real explanation for heterogeneous investment dynamics

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  • Jonas D. M. Fisher

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Household investment, that is investment in consumer durables and housing, leads non-residential fixed investment over the U.S. business cycle. This observation represents a potent challenge to real business cycle (RBC) theory. First of all the theory has been unable to account for it. In addition, research suggests the observation is driven by monetary shocks, supporting the view that these shocks play a leading role in the U.S. business cycle. This paper shows that RBC theory is consistent with the investment dynamics after all. It does so by generalizing the standard home production environment to take into account the fact that household capital is useful in market production.

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  • Jonas D. M. Fisher, 2001. "A real explanation for heterogeneous investment dynamics," Working Paper Series WP-01-14, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
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    1. Morris A. Davis & Jonathan Heathcote, 2005. "Housing And The Business Cycle," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 46(3), pages 751-784, August.
    2. Michael A. Kouparitsas & Daisuke J. Nakajima, 2006. "Are U.S. and Seventh District business cycles alike?," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, issue Q III, pages 45-60.
    3. Mohammed Mohsin, 2010. "The dynamic effects of tax policies in a small open economy," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(24), pages 3091-3104.
    4. Gomme, Paul & Rupert, Peter, 2007. "Theory, measurement and calibration of macroeconomic models," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 460-497, March.
    5. Zvi Hercowitz & Jeffrey C. Campbell, 2005. "The Role of Collateralized Household Debt in Macroeconomic Stabilization," 2005 Meeting Papers 120, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    6. Jeffrey R. Campbell & Zvi Hercowitz, 2004. "The role of households' collateralized debts in macroeconomic stabilization," Working Paper Series WP-04-24, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
    7. Edgar Cudmore & John Whalley, 2003. "Regeneration, Labour Supply and the Welfare Costs of Taxes," NBER Working Papers 10138, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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