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Inventories and the Propagation of Sectoral Shocks

Russell Cooper and John Haltiwanger

No 2425, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper studies the dynamic properties of an imperfectly competitive economy with inventory holdings. In particular, we focus on the serial correlation in aggregate output and employment produced by the holding of inventories in one sector of the economy and the co-movement between sectors of an economy over the cycle resulting from demand linkages. This model is then contrasted with a simple, competitive real business cycle model with inventories. We find that the predictions of these models with regards to the co-movement of employment may differ. Based on this, we present empirical evidence on the co-movement of employment over the business cycle which is consistent with the predictions of the model of imperfect competition with inventory holdings and demand linkages.

Date: 1987-11
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Published as The American Economic Review, Vol. 80, No. 1, pp. 170-190, (March 1990).

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