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Intertemporal Substitution and Sectoral Comovement in a Sticky Price Model

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Strong procyclical fluctuations in the durable production are the most prominent feature of the empirical response to monetary shocks. This paper investigates the role of preferences in matching this feature of the data in a two-sector sticky price model with flexibly priced durables. The reaction of durables depends crucially on whether preferences are separable between labor and aggregate consumption. When preferences are separable, the model exhibits perverse behavior. Flexibly priced durables contract during periods of economic expansion. However, sticky price model with non-separable preferences can replicate the empirically plausible response of durable spending. The key to the model’s success hinges upon the fact that the non-separable preferences imply the complementarity between aggregate consumption and labor supply, absent in the separable preference. Finally, we present empirical evidence supporting the non-separable preferences.

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  • Munechika Katayama & Kwang Hwan Kim, 2010. "Intertemporal Substitution and Sectoral Comovement in a Sticky Price Model," Departmental Working Papers 2010-01, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
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    1. Di Pace, Federico & Hertweck, Matthias S., 2012. "Labour Market Frictions, Monetary Policy, and Durable Goods," Annual Conference 2012 (Goettingen): New Approaches and Challenges for the Labor Market of the 21st Century 62052, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    3. Cantelmo, Alessandro & Melina, Giovanni, 2018. "Monetary policy and the relative price of durable goods," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 86(C), pages 1-48.
    4. Hashmat Khan & Abeer Reza, 2017. "House Prices and Government Spending Shocks," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 49(6), pages 1247-1271, September.
    5. Dey, Jaya & Tsai, Yi-Chan, 2012. "Explaining the durable goods co-movement puzzle with non-separable preferences: a bayesian approach," MPRA Paper 57805, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Munechika Katayama & Kwang Hwan Kim, 2010. "Costly Labor Reallocation, Non-Separable Preferences, and Expectation Driven Business Cycles," Departmental Working Papers 2010-05, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.

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