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Volatility of the Tradeable and Non-Tradeable Sectors: Theory and evidence


  • Laura Povoledo

    () (Department of Economics, University of Reading)


This paper investigates the business cycle fluctuations of the tradeable and nontradeable sectors of the US economy. Then, it evaluates whether a “New Open Economy” model having prices sticky in the producer’s currency can reproduce the observed fluctuations qualitatively. The answer is positive: the model-implied standard deviations are consistent with the pattern in the data. In particular, tradeable output is more volatile than nontradeable output. A key role in generating this result is played by the greater responsiveness of tradeable output to monetary shocks. Parameter estimates are obtained by Generalised Method of Moments.

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  • Laura Povoledo, 2007. "Volatility of the Tradeable and Non-Tradeable Sectors: Theory and evidence," Economics & Management Discussion Papers em-dp2007-47, Henley Business School, Reading University.
  • Handle: RePEc:rdg:emxxdp:em-dp2007-47

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    New Open Economy Macroeconomics; Tradeable and Nontradeable Sectors; Business Cycles;

    JEL classification:

    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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