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Productivity Growth, Consumer Confidence and the Business Cycle

  • Jean-Pierre DANTHINE
  • John B. DONALDSON
  • Thore JOHNSEN

The objective of this paper is to provide, in the context of a dynamic general equilibrium model, an answer to the following five questions: 1. To what extent does an economy subject to regular variations in labor productivity growth differ from one where labor productivity is constant? 2.What is the impact on major macro indicators of a one-time change in labor productivity growth? 3. What are the business cycle implications of autonomous (non-falsifiable) changes in growth expectations? 4. What is the potential of such expectation changes for explaining the volatility of consumption to output ratio? 5. Can autonomous changes in growth expectations help us understand recent business cycle episodes?

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 9711.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Sep 1997
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Publication status: Published in European Economic Review, vol.42, 1998, pp. 1113-1140
Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:9711
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