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Real Business Cycle Realizations

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  • Gregor W. Smith
  • Stanley E. Zin

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

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Much recent business cycle research focuses on moments of macroeconomic aggregates. We construct examples of real business cycle sample paths for output, consumption, and employment for the U.S. economy. Annual sample paths are generated from an initialcondition in 1925, measured technology and government spending shocks since then, and a standard, calibrated, one-sector model of the business cycle. Quarterly sample paths are generated similarly, from an initial condition in 1955. The law of motion for shocks is not parametrized and so decision-rules are estimated by GMM. We compare the paths with actual history graphically and by spectral methods.

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  • Gregor W. Smith & Stanley E. Zin, 1997. "Real Business Cycle Realizations," Working Paper 1253, Economics Department, Queen's University.
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    real business cycles; Solow residuals; US business cycle history;
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E27 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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