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Investment Hangover and the Great Recession

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  • Andrei Shleifer

    (Harvard University)

  • Alp Simsek

    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • Matthew Rognlie

    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Abstract

We present a model of investment hangover motivated by the Great Recession. In our model, overbuilding of residential capital requires a reallocation of productive resources to nonresidential sectors, which is facilitated by a reduction in the real interest rate. If the interest rate is bounded from below due to nominal rigidities, then the economy enters a liquidity trap with limited reallocation and low output. The drop in output also reduces nonresidential investment through a mechanism similar to the acceleration principle of investment. The burst in nonresidential investment is followed by an even greater boom due to low interest rates during the liquidity trap. The boom in nonresidential investment induces a partial and asymmetric recovery in which the residential sector is left behind, consistent with the broad trends of the Great Recession.

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  • Andrei Shleifer & Alp Simsek & Matthew Rognlie, 2015. "Investment Hangover and the Great Recession," 2015 Meeting Papers 1171, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
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