We use a general equilibrium finance model that features explicit government purchases
of private debts to shed light on some of the principal working mechanisms of the Federal
Reserve’s large-scale asset purchases (LSAP) and their macroeconomic effects.
We develop a theory of labor quality based on (i) the division of the labor force
between unskilled and skilled workers and (ii) investments in skilled workers. In our
theory, countries differ in two key dimensions: talent and total factor productivity
This paper deals with a classic development question: how can the process of economic
development – transition from stagnation in a traditional technology to industrialization
and prosperity with a modern technology – be accelerated?
This paper uses several methods to study the interrelationship among Divisia monetary aggregates, prices, and income, allowing for nonstationary, nonlinearities, asymmetries, and time-varying relationships among the series.
Policymakers often use measures of tax incidence (generational accounts) as criteria for policy selection. We use a quantitative model of optimal intergenerational policy to evaluate the ability of the tax incidence metric to capture the identity of recipients and contributors and the magnitudes transferred.
Most empirical studies based on U.S. data suggest that the fiscal multiplier is less
than 1 (e.g., Barro and Redlick, 2011). However, Keynes argued that the multiplier
would be the largest when markets have failed to the greatest extent in coordinating
economic activities (such as during the Great Depression with rampant unemployment
and low capacity utilization).
We construct a model to capture the Keynesian idea that production and employment
decisions are based on expectations of aggregate demand driven by sentiments and
that realized demand follows from the production and employment decisions of firms.
We present a thought-provoking study of two monetary models: the cash-in-advance and
the Lagos and Wright (2005) models. We report that the different approach to modeling
money—reduced-form vs. explicit role—neither induces fundamental theoretical nor quantitative
differences in results.
On May 29, 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported that several large international banks were reporting unjustifiably low LIBOR rates. Since then two large banks, Barclays and UBS, have paid significant fines for manipulating their LIBOR rates, and additional banks are expected to be fined.
We estimate a DSGE model with (S,s) inventory policies. We find that (i) taking
inventories into account can significantly improve the empirical fit of DSGE models
in matching the standard business-cycle moments (in addition to explaining inventory
fluctuations); (ii) (S,s) inventory policies can significantly amplify aggregate output
fluctuations, in contrast to the findings of the recent general-equilibrium inventory
literature; and (iii) aggregate demand shocks become more important than technology
shocks in explaining the business cycle once inventories are incorporated into the
We review the responses of the Federal Reserve to financial crises over the past 100 years. The authors of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913 created an institution that they hoped would prevent banking panics from occurring.
This paper considers the impact of leisure preference and leisure externalities on growth and labor supply in a Lucas  type model, as in Gómez , with a separable non‐homothetic utility and the assumption that physical and human capital are both necessary inputs in both the goods and the education sectors.
We formulate the central bank’s problem of selecting an optimal long-run inflation
rate as the choice of a distorting tax by a planner who wishes to maximize discounted
stationary utility for a heterogeneous population of infinitely-lived households in an
economy with constant aggregate income and public information.
The two channels of default on unsecured consumer debt are (i) bankruptcy, which
legally grants partial or complete removal of unsecured debt under certain circumstances,
and (ii) delinquency, which is informal default via nonpayment.