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Accounting for the Great Recession in the UK: Real Business Cycles and Financial Frictions

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  • Jagjit S. Chadha

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  • James Warren

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Using the business cycle accounting (BCA) framework pioneered by Chari, Kehoe and McGratten (2006) we examine the 2008-09 recession in the UK. There has been much commentary on the financial causes of this recession, which we might have expected to shock the equation governing the intertemporal rate of substitution in consumption. However, the recession appears to have been mostly driven by shocks to the efficiency wedge in total production, rather than the intertemporal consumption, labour or spending wedge. From an expenditure perspective this result is consistent with the observed large falls in both consumption and investment during the recession. To assess this result we also simulate artificial data from a DSGE model in which asset price shocks dominate and find no strong role for the intertemporal consumption wedge using the BCA method. This result does not imply that financial frictions did not matter for the recent recession but that such frictions do not necessarily impact only on the intertemporal rate of substitution in consumption.

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  • Jagjit S. Chadha & James Warren, 2012. "Accounting for the Great Recession in the UK: Real Business Cycles and Financial Frictions," Studies in Economics 1207, School of Economics, University of Kent.
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    1. Accounting for the Great Recession in the UK: Real Business Cycles and Financial Frictions
      by Christian Zimmermann in NEP-DGE blog on 2012-04-25 17:15:12
    2. Some doubts about NGDP targets
      by chris dillow in Stumbling and Mumbling on 2012-04-27 16:21:33
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      by chris dillow in Stumbling and Mumbling on 2012-04-27 16:21:33
    4. Accounting for the Great Recession in the UK: Real Business Cycles and Financial Frictions
      by Christian Zimmermann in NEP-DGE blog on 2012-04-25 17:15:12

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    Keywords

    Business Cycle Accounting; Major Recessions; TFP; Financial Frictions;

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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers

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