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Technology Shocks and Hours Worked: A Fractional Integration Perspective

  • Luis Alberiko Gil-Alana


  • Antonio Moreno


Previous research has found that the response of hours worked to a technology shock crucially depends on whether the variable hours is assumed to be an I(0) or an I(1) variable ex-ante. In this paper we employ a multivariate fractionally integrated model which allows us to determine simultaneously the order of integration of hours worked and the response of hours to a technology shock. We find that hours fall on impact in response to a positive technology shock.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra in its series Faculty Working Papers with number 03/06.

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Date of creation: 02 Feb 2006
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Publication status: Published in Macroeconomic Dynamics 13 (5), 580-604 (2009)
Handle: RePEc:una:unccee:wp0306
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