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Labour Markets and Firm-Specific Capital in New Keynesian General Equilibrium Models

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  • Charles Nolan

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  • Christoph Thoenissen

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This paper examines the consequences of introducing firm specific capital into a selection of commonly used sticky price business cycle models. We find that modelling firm-specific capital markets greatly reduces the response of inflation to changes in average real marginal cost. Calibrated to US data, we find that models with firm-specific capital generate a less volatile, as well as more persistent series for inflation than those which assume an economy wide market for capital. Overall, it is not clear if assuming firm-specific capital helps our models match the US business cycle data.

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  • Charles Nolan & Christoph Thoenissen, 2005. "Labour Markets and Firm-Specific Capital in New Keynesian General Equilibrium Models," CDMA Working Paper Series 200501, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis, revised 15 May 2005.
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    Keywords

    Intertemporal macro; monetary policy; real and nominal labour market distortions; firm-specific capital.;
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    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E37 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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