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Firing Costs and Business Cycle Fluctuations

  • Marcelo Veracierto

This paper evaluates to what extent the introduction of firing costs can affect the aggregate dynamics of a neoclassical growth model with heterogeneous establishments. Similarly to the previous literature, firing costs are found to have large steady-state effects. However, they have no important effects on business cycle dynamics: Aggregate employment fluctuations are somewhat smaller when the firing costs are introduced, but most of the effects turn out to be insignificant.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2004 Meeting Papers with number 445c.

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