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Technology Shocks and Aggregate Fluctuations: How Well Does the RBS Model Fit Postwar U.S. Data?

Jordi Gali, Pau Rabanal

NBER Working Paper No. 10636
Issued in July 2004
NBER Program(s):   EFG   ME

Our answer: not so well. We reach that conclusion after reviewing recent research on the role of technology as a source of economic fluctuations. The bulk of the evidence suggests a limited role for aggregate technology shocks, pointing instead to demand factors as the main force behind the strong positive comovement between output and labor input measures.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w10636

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