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Jean-Pascal Benassy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195387711.001.0001

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Competitive Business Cycles

Competitive Business Cycles

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(p.205) 10 Competitive Business Cycles
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Macroeconomic Theory
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Jean-Pascal Bénassy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195387711.003.0010

This chapter discusses the three lines of research used in assessing basic models of fluctuations in competitive markets, namely research with the use of Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium models, a typical Sunspot model, and a combination of Keynesian theory, the Samuelson destabilizing accelerator, and the Philips curve. It explains that the Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium models provide simpler solutions, as they answer simple first-order conditions of asset pricing, and address labor fluctuations. This chapter also includes sample problems regarding alternative shocks in the government and households, incomplete capital depreciation, a Real Business Cycle model with generations, and with autocorrelated shocks.

Keywords:   Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium models, Sunspot model, Keynesian theory, Samuelson’s destabilizing accelerator, Philips curve, asset pricing, labor fluctuations, first-order conditions

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