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Bridji, Slim (2012). The French Great Depression: a business cycle accounting analysis. Working paper series / Department of Economics 65, University of Zurich.
Using the business cycle accounting framework [Chari V., P. Kehoe and E. McGrattan 2007. Business Cycle Accounting. Econometrica 75, 781-836.], this paper sheds new light on the French Great Depression. Frictions that reduce the efficiency with which factor inputs are used (efficiency wedge) were the primary factor in the economic downturn. The decline in consumption can be attributed to distortions in the Euler equation (investment wedge). In addition, frictions creating a gap between the marginal rate of substitution and the marginal product of labor (labor wedge) contributed to the slowdown of the economy after 1936. This drop in the efficiency wedge might have resulted from financial frictions and tariff policies, whereas the investment wedge might have been caused by financial frictions due to agency costs. A potential explanation for the decline of the labor wedge after 1936 is institutionals changes in the labor market.
|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Communities & Collections:||03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics|
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
|JEL Classification:||E32, N14, N44|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Business Cycle Accounting, French Economy, Great Depression|
|Date:||24 February 2012|
|Deposited On:||29 Feb 2012 16:16|
|Last Modified:||19 Mar 2013 13:15|
|Series Name:||Working paper series / Department of Economics|
|Number of Pages:||26|
|ISSN:||1664-7041 (P) 1664-705X (E)|
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