Frictional Coordination

George-Marios Angeletos

NBER Working Paper No. 24178
Issued in December 2017, Revised in March 2018
NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Monetary Economics

The notion that business cycles are driven by demand shocks is subtle. I first review some of the conceptual and empirical challenges faced when trying to accommodate this notion in micro-founded, general-equilibrium models. I next review my own research, which sheds new light on the observed business cycles by accommodating frictional coordination in the form of higher-order uncertainty. This makes room for forces akin to animal spirits even when the equilibrium is unique. It allows demand shocks to generate realistic business cycles even when nominal rigidity is absent or undone by appropriate monetary policy. It modifies the general-equilibrium predictions of workhorse macroeconomic models in manners that seem both conceptually appealing and empirically relevant. And it offers new guidance to policy.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24178

Published: George-Marios Angeletos, 2018. "Frictional Coordination," Journal of the European Economic Association, vol 16(3), pages 563-603.

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