Investment-Specific Technology Shocks and Labor Market Frictions
National Bank of Belgium Working Paper No. 108
43 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2010
Date Written: February 1, 2007
This paper studies the implications of technical progress through investment-specific technical change in a business cycle model with search and matching frictions and endogenous job destruction. The interaction between the capital formation needed to reap the benefits of an investment-specific technology shock and gradual labor-market matching, generates hump-shaped, persistent responses in output, vacancies, and unemployment. The endogenous job destruction decision also leads to small but persistent endogenous fluctuations in total factor productivity. Simulations suggest a limited role for investment-specific technology shocks as a source of business cycle fluctuations compared to a standard real business cycle model.
Keywords: Labor Market Frictions, Investment-specific Technology Shocks, Business Cycles
JEL Classification: E24, E32, J64
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