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Asymmetric Cycles

Asymmetric Cycles I estimate a model in which new technology entails random adjustment needs. Rapid adjustments may cause measured productivity to decline. The slow-downs persist because adjustment is costly, and hence protracted. The model explains both the “steepness” and the “deepness” asymmetry of cycles. Adjustment costs amount to about 14% of output and technological inefficiency to about 28%. Firms abandon technologies long before they are perfected—current practice total factor productivity (TFP) is 20% below its maximal level. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Review of Economic Studies Oxford University Press

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Oxford University Press
Copyright
© Published by Oxford University Press.
Subject
Original Articles
ISSN
0034-6527
eISSN
1467-937X
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-937X.2006.00372.x
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Abstract

I estimate a model in which new technology entails random adjustment needs. Rapid adjustments may cause measured productivity to decline. The slow-downs persist because adjustment is costly, and hence protracted. The model explains both the “steepness” and the “deepness” asymmetry of cycles. Adjustment costs amount to about 14% of output and technological inefficiency to about 28%. Firms abandon technologies long before they are perfected—current practice total factor productivity (TFP) is 20% below its maximal level.

Journal

The Review of Economic StudiesOxford University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2006

Keywords: JEL classification E23 E32 O33 O47

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