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Granger causality and equilibrium business cycle theory

  • Yi Wen
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Post-war US data show that consumption growth "Granger causes" output and investment growth. This is puzzling if technology is the driving force of the business cycle. I ask whether general equilibrium models with information frictions and non-technology shocks can rationalize the observed causal relations. My conclusion is they cannot.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 2005-038.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Publication status: Published in Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, May/June 2007, 89(3), pp. 195-205
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2005-038
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