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Firm-Specific Capital, Nominal Rigidities and the Business Cycle

David Altig, Lawrence Christiano, Martin Eichenbaum, Jesper Linde

NBER Working Paper No. 11034
Issued in January 2005
NBER Program(s):   EFG

Macroeconomic and microeconomic data paint conflicting pictures of price behavior. Macroeconomic data suggest that inflation is inertial. Microeconomic data indicate that firms change prices frequently. We formulate and estimate a model which resolves this apparent micro - macro conflict. Our model is consistent with post-war U.S. evidence on inflation inertia even though firms re-optimize prices on average once every 1.5 quarters. The key feature of our model is that capital is firm-specific and pre-determined within a period.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w11034

Published: David Altig & Lawrence Christiano & Martin Eichenbaum & Jesper Linde, . "Firm-Specific Capital, Nominal Rigidities and the Business Cycle," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics.

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