Dynamic Complementarities: A Quantitative Analysis
53 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 1996 Last revised: 3 Oct 2010
Date Written: July 1996
This paper considers the importance of dynamic complementarities as an endogenous source of propagation in a dynamic stochastic economy. Dynamic complementarities link the stocks of human and organizational capital, which are influenced by past levels of economic activity, to current levels of productivity. We supplement an otherwise standard dynamic business cycle model with both contemporaneous and dynamic complementarities. The model is calibrated using estimates of these effects. Our quantitative analysis identifies empirically relevant dynamic complementarities as a source of propagation for both technology and taste shocks.
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