Technology Shocks: Novel Implications for International Business Cycles
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7980
Understanding the joint dynamics of international prices and quantities remains a central issue in international business cycles. International relative prices appreciate when domestic consumption and output increase more than their foreign counterparts. In addition, both trade flows and trade prices display sizable volatility. This paper incorporates Hicks-neutral and investment-specific technology shocks into a standard two-country general equilibrium model with variable capacity utilization and weak wealth effects on labor supply. Investment-specific technology shocks introduce a source of fluctuations in absorption similar to taste shocks, thus reconciling theory and data. The paper also presents implications for the transmission mechanism of technology shocks across countries and for the Barro and King (1984) critique of investment shocks.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 57
Keywords: Backus-Smith puzzle, Internationalbusiness cycles, Investment-specific technology shocks
JEL Classification: E32, F32, F41working papers series
Date posted: August 25, 2010
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