DP14279 Micro Jumps, Macro Humps: Monetary Policy and Business Cycles in an Estimated HANK Model

Author(s): Adrien Auclert, Matthew Rognlie, Ludwig Straub
Publication Date: January 2020
Keyword(s): estimation, HANK, investment
JEL(s): E21, E22, E23, E32, E43, E52
Programme Areas: Monetary Economics and Fluctuations
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We estimate a Heterogeneous-Agent New Keynesian model with sticky household expectations that matches existing microeconomic evidence on marginal propensities to consume *and* macroeconomic evidence on the impulse response to a monetary policy shock. Our estimated model uncovers a central role for investment in the transmission mechanism of monetary policy, as high MPCs amplify the investment response in the data. This force also generates a procyclical response of consumption to investment shocks, leading our model to infer a central role for these shocks as a source of business cycles.