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The Role of Consumption-Labor Complementarity as a Source of Macroeconomic Instability

Gliksberg, Baruch (2010): The Role of Consumption-Labor Complementarity as a Source of Macroeconomic Instability.

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Abstract

The equilibrium ramification of a balanced budget rule are scrutinized in a one sector growth model augmented with investment frictions and a non-separable utility function in consumption and leisure. Edgeworth-complementarity between consumption and labor is formulated so as to generate a positive co-movement of consumption, output, and hours worked, as found in the data. Calibration of the model to the U.S. economy provides evidence that a balanced budget rule with a Taylor type monetary policy induce determinate equilibria.

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