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Where's the beef? the trivial dynamics of real business cycle models

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The extremely weak propagation mechanisms of real business cycle (RBC) models are well acknowledged, and some effort has been devoted to improving the models on this dimension. This paper builds on these efforts to provide an explicit explanation of why various existing RBC models do not replicate real world business cycles, and discusses modifications necessary to bring real business cycle theory into closer conformity with the data.

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  • Yi Wen, 2005. "Where's the beef? the trivial dynamics of real business cycle models," Working Papers 2005-039, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
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    1. Christian Calmès & Raymond Théoret, 2009. "The Non-Convexity Issues in a Limited-Commitment Economy," RePAd Working Paper Series UQO-DSA-wp012009, Département des sciences administratives, UQO.

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