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The allocation of goods and time over the business cycle


  • Jeremy Greenwood
  • Zvi Hercowitz


A Beckerian model of household production is developed to study the allocation of capital and time between market and home activities over the business cycle. The adopted framework treats the business and household sectors symmetrically. In the market, labor interacts with business capital to produce market goods and services, and likewise at home the remaining time, leisure, is combined with household capital to produce home goods and services. The theoretical model presented is parameterized, calibrated, and simulated to see whether it can rationalize the observed allocation of capital and time, as well as other stylized facts, for the postwar U.S. economy.

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  • Jeremy Greenwood & Zvi Hercowitz, 1990. "The allocation of goods and time over the business cycle," Discussion Paper / Institute for Empirical Macroeconomics 26, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedmem:26

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    1. Ambler, Steve, 1991. "Les modèles du cycle économique face à la corrélation productivité-emploi," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 67(4), pages 532-548, décembre.
    2. Ed Nosal & Richard Rogerson & Randall Wright, 1991. "A note on labor contracts with private information and household production," Staff Report 131, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
    3. Ingram, B., 1990. "Post Econometric Policy Evaluation : A Critique," Working Papers 90-30, University of Iowa, Department of Economics.


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