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Introducing Financial Frictions and Unemployment into a Small Open Economy Model

Lawrence J. Christiano

Northwestern University; Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Mathias Trabandt

Federal Reserve Board; Sveriges Riksbank

Karl Walentin

Sveriges Riksbank

June 1, 2011

Riksbank Research Paper No. 214

Which are the main frictions and driving forces of business cycle dynamics in a small open economy? To answer this question we extend what is becoming the standard new Keynesian model in three dimensions. First, we incorporate frictions in the financing of the capital stock. Second, we model employment frictions in the labor market using a search and matching framework, allowing for endogenous job separations. Third, we extend the model into a small open economy setting. We estimate the model using Bayesian techniques on Swedish data. Our main results are: i) A financial shock to entrepreneurial wealth is pivotal for explaining business cycle fluctuations accounting for substantial amounts of the variance in investment and GDP. ii) The marginal efficiency of investment shock has very limited importance when we match financial market data. iii) Our model does not need any high frequency wage markup shocks to match the data. Furthermore, the labor supply shock is unimportant in explaining GDP. iv) The data indicates that there are costs of hiring, but no costs of vacancy postings per se.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 83

Keywords: DSGE model, financial frictions, labor market frictions, unemployment, small open economy, Bayesian estimation

JEL Classification: E0, E3, F0, F4, G0, G1, J6

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Date posted: December 20, 2007 ; Last revised: October 18, 2011

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Christiano, Lawrence J. and Trabandt, Mathias and Walentin, Karl, Introducing Financial Frictions and Unemployment into a Small Open Economy Model (June 1, 2011). Riksbank Research Paper No. 214. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1077535 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1077535

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Lawrence J. Christiano
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Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Mathias Trabandt (Contact Author)
Federal Reserve Board ( email )
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Washington, DC 20551
United States
Sveriges Riksbank ( email )
Brunkebergstorg 11
SE-103 37 Stockholm

Karl Walentin
Sveriges Riksbank ( email )
Brunkebergstorg 11
SE-103 37 Stockholm
HOME PAGE: http://www.riksbank.com/research/walentin

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