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BUSINESS CYCLE ACCOUNTING FOR CHILE

Ina Simonovska () and Söderling, Ludvig

Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2015, vol. 19, issue 5, 990-1022

Abstract: We investigate sources of economic fluctuations in Chile during 1998–2007 within the framework of a standard neoclassical growth model with time-varying frictions (wedges). We analyze the relative importance of efficiency, labor, investment, and government/trade wedges for business cycles in Chile. The purpose of this exercise is twofold: (i) focusing the policy discussion on the most important wedges in the economy and (ii) identifying which broad class of models would present fruitful avenues for further research. We find that different wedges have played different roles during our studied period, but that the efficiency, labor, and investment wedges have had the greatest impact. We also compare our results with existing studies on emerging and developed economies.

Date: 2015
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