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Overdeterminacy and endogenous cycles: Trygve Haavelmo’s business cycle model and its implications for monetary policy

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  • Kallåk Anundsen , André

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Sigurd Holmsen Krogh, Tord

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Nymoen, Ragnar

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Vislie, Jon

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

Abstract

This paper presents the business cycle model that Trygve Haavelmo developed as part of his research program in macroeconomic and monetary theory. Driven by a mismatch between the marginal return to capital and the rate of return required by capital owners, this model generates endogenous cycles. The theory leads to a distinct analysis of the scope and limitations of monetary policy. A main message of the model is that care should be taken when conducting 'autonomous' monetary policy and that special emphasis should be put on the soundness of nancial mar- kets. Adopting a strict nominal anchor as the main objective of monetary policy might generate imbalances in the capital market.

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  • Kallåk Anundsen , André & Sigurd Holmsen Krogh, Tord & Nymoen, Ragnar & Vislie, Jon, 2011. "Overdeterminacy and endogenous cycles: Trygve Haavelmo’s business cycle model and its implications for monetary policy," Memorandum 03/2011, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Sheetal K. Chand, 2012. "The Relevance of Haavelmo's Macroeconomic Theorizing for Contemporary Macro Policy Making," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 37, pages 1-3.
    2. Chand, Sheetal K., 2012. "The Relevance of Haavelmo’s Macroeconomic Theorizing for Contemporary Policy Making," Memorandum 06/2012, Oslo University, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    investments; business cycles; monetary policy;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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