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Macroeconomic volatility in general equilibrium

McKibbin, Warwick J; Wilcoxen, Peter J


In this paper we explore the concept of excess volatility in general equilibrium. We show there is a fundamental tension between household efforts to smooth consumption and attempts by firms’ to smooth investment in the presence of convex adjustment costs in capital formation. Adjustment costs substantially diminish the ability of households to smooth consumption. As a result, consumption volatility will be significantly higher in the presence of adjustment costs than would be expected from the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1998
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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