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The Dynamic Effects of Aggregate Demand and Supply Disturbance

  • Olivier Jean Blanchard
  • Danny Quah

The authors interpret fluctuations in GNP and unemployment as due to two types of disturbances: disturbances that have a permanent effect on output and disturbances that do not. They interpret the first as supply disturbances, the second as demand disturbances. Demand disturbances have a hump-shaped, mirror-image effect on output and unemployment. The effect of supply disturbances on output increases steadily over time, peaking after two years and reaching a plateau after five years. Copyright 1989 by American Economic Association.

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 497.

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Handle: RePEc:mit:worpap:497
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