Durable Goods Cycles
28 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 1999 Last revised: 4 Feb 2021
Date Written: February 1999
We show that a straight forward approximation of the distribution of durable goods holdings gives rise to a tractable equilibrium (S,s) model of durable demand. We analyze both competitive and monopoly supply. We show that equilibrium interactions lead to elongated impulse responses in demand, to procyclical markups in response to demand shocks, and to countercyclical markups in response to cost shocks.
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