Technology Shocks and Aggregate Fluctuations: How Well Does the Real Business Cycle Model Fit Postwar U.S. Data?
67 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2006
Date Written: December 2004
Our answer: Not so well. We reached that conclusion after reviewing recent research on the role of technology as a source of economic fluctuations. The bulk of the evidence suggests a limited role for aggregate technology shocks, pointing instead to demand factors as the main force behind the strong positive comovement between output and labor input measures.
Keywords: Real Business Cycles, Technology Shocks, Nominal Rigidities, Real Frictions
JEL Classification: E32
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