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Can capacity constraints explain asymmetries

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In this paper, we investigate the ability of a modified RBC model to reproduce asymmetries observed for macroeconomic variables over the business cycle. In order to replicate the empirical skewness of major U.S. macroeconomic variables, we introduce a capacity constraint into an otherwise prototypical RBC model. This constraint emerges due to the assumption of kinked marginal costs of utilization, where the kink is located at a utilization rate of 100 percent. We find that a model with a suitably calibrated cost function reproduces the empirical coefficients of skewness remarkably well.

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  • Knüppel, Malte, 2008. "Can capacity constraints explain asymmetries," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2008,01, Deutsche Bundesbank.
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    Capacity utilization; capacity constraints; asymmetry; RBC model;
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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