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Economic Policies and Microeconomic Stability: A Literature Review and Some Empirics

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  • Paula Garda

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  • Volker Ziemann

    (OECD)

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The decline in macroeconomic volatility from the 1980s to the onset of the Great Recession did not, in general, translate into more microeconomic stability. While microeconomic volatility can reflect growth-generating processes, such as creative destruction and re-allocation of resources, consumption growth volatility weighs on households’ welfare. This study reviews the existing literature on the link between economic policies and economic stability at the firm and household level. Based on firm-level and household-level data for a wide range of OECD countries, it also provides preliminary results on sources and patterns of microeconomic volatility. Politiques économiques et stabilité microéconomique : Une revue de la littérature et quelques éléments empiriques La baisse de la volatilité macroéconomique dès les années 1980 jusqu’au début de la Grande Récession ne s’est pas, en général, traduite par une plus grande stabilité microéconomique. Si la volatilité microéconomique peut traduire des processus générateurs de croissance tels que la destruction créatrice et la réallocation des ressources, la volatilité de la croissance de la consommation pèse sur le bien-être des ménages. Cette étude dresse un panorama de la littérature existante sur les liens entre les politiques économiques et la stabilité économique au niveau des entreprises et des ménages. En s’appuyant sur des données d'entreprises et de ménages couvrant un large éventail de pays de l'OCDE, elle fournit également des résultats préliminaires sur les caractéristiques de la volatilité microéconomique et ses origines.

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  • Paula Garda & Volker Ziemann, 2014. "Economic Policies and Microeconomic Stability: A Literature Review and Some Empirics," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1115, OECD Publishing.
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    croissance; economic policy; growth; micro data; micro-données; politique économique; volatility; volatilité;

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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth

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