Interpreting aggregate fluctuations looking at sectors
Title: Interpreting aggregate fluctuations looking at sectors
Citation: Journal of economic dynamics and control, 2008, Vol. 32, No. 9, pp. 3009-3031
A dynamic factor model is used to investigate on the variability in labor productivity and hours across the 2-digit US manufacturing industries. Two kind of shocks emerge as quantitatively relevant during the postwar period. They can be reasonably interpreted as technology shocks to the production of equipment and economy-wide shocks. The former induces a positive correlation between productivity and hours growth rates in the durable-goods producing sector; the latter spurs a negative correlation in the nondurable-goods producing sector. Such evidence provides a novel interpretation of the aggregate near-zero correlation between the two variables.
Subject: C33; E32; O41; Dynamic factor model; Long-run restriction; Sectors; Technology shock
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