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Do credit constraints amplify macroeconomic fluctuations?

Zheng Liu (), Pengfei Wang () and Tao Zha ()

No 2009-28, Working Paper Series from Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Abstract: Previous studies on financial frictions have been unable to establish the empirical significance of credit constraints in macroeconomic fluctuations. This paper argues that the muted impact of credit constraints stems from the absence of a mechanism to explain the observed persistent comovements between housing prices and business investment. We develop such a mechanism by incorporating two key features into a DSGE model: we identify shocks that shift the demand for collateral assets and we allow productive agents to be credit-constrained. A combination of these two features enables our model to successfully generate an empirically important mechanism that amplifies and propagates macroeconomic fluctuations through credit constraints.

Keywords: Credit; Macroeconomics - Econometric models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009
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