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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.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:bubdp1:7036
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    1. Baum, Anja & Koester, Gerrit B., 2011. "The impact of fiscal policy on economic activity over the business cycle - evidence from a threshold VAR analysis," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2011,03, Deutsche Bundesbank.
    2. Moritz A. Roth, 2018. "International co-movements in recessions," Working Papers 1804, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.

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    Keywords

    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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