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Product Scope and Endogenous Fluctuations

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  • Weder, Mark
  • Pavlov, Oscar

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Recent empirical evidence suggests that product creation is procyclical and it occurs largely within existing fi rms. Motivated by these findings, the current paper investigates the role of intrafi rm product scope choice in a general equilibrium economy with oligopolistic producers. We show that the multi-product nature of fi rms makes the economy signifi cantly more susceptible to sunspot equilibria. The estimated indeterminate model generates artifi cial business cycles that closely resemble empirically observed fl uctuations.

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  • Weder, Mark & Pavlov, Oscar, 2015. "Product Scope and Endogenous Fluctuations," VfS Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 112942, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    1. Xue, Jianpo & Yip, Chong K., 2018. "Home production, balanced-budget taxation and economic (in)stability," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 231-242.
    2. Pavlov, Oscar, 2019. "Multi-product firms and increasing marginal costs," Working Papers 2019-05, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.
    3. Wei Dai & Mark Weder & Bo Zhang, 2017. "Animal Spirits, Financial Markets and Aggregate Instability," School of Economics Working Papers 2017-08, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.

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    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • 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

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