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The Macroeconomic Consequences of Asset Bubbles and Crashes

Shi, Lisi and Suen, Richard M. H. (2014): The Macroeconomic Consequences of Asset Bubbles and Crashes.

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This paper examines the macroeconomic effects of asset price bubbles and crashes in an overlapping generations economy. The model highlights the effects of asset price fluctuations on labor supply decisions, and demonstrates how labor market adjustment can help propagate the effects of these fluctuations to the aggregate economy. It is shown that, under certain conditions, asset bubbles can crowd in productive investment and lead to an expansion in total employment, and the bursting of these bubbles can have an immediate negative impact on these variables.

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