Real rigidities, productivity improvements and investment dynamics
Francesco Giuli () and
Massimiliano Tancioni ()
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2012, vol. 36, issue 1, 100-118
The theoretical literature on business cycles predicts a positive investment response to productivity improvements, a prediction we question from theoretical and empirical perspectives. We show that a short-term negative response of investment to a positive technology shock is consistent with a reasonably parameterized new Keynesian dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) model in which firm-specific capital introduces an additional real rigidity, and monetary policy is not fully accommodative. Employing Bayesian techniques, we provide evidence that permanent productivity improvements have short-term, contractionary effects on investment. Although this result can be obtained from both firm-specific and rental capital models, only in the case of the former is the average price duration in line with the microeconometric evidence.
Keywords: Firm-specific capital; NK-DSGE model; Technology shocks; Investment dynamics; Bayesian inference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C11 E22 E32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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