DP7474 Methods versus Substance: Measuring the Effects of Technology Shocks on Hours

Author(s): Cristina Fuentes-Albero, Maxym Kryshko, José-Víctor Ríos-Rull, Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis, Frank Schorfheide
Publication Date: September 2009
Keyword(s): Business Cycle Fluctuations, Calibration, DSGE Model Estimation, Technology Shocks
JEL(s): C1, C8, E3
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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In this paper, we employ both calibration and modern (Bayesian) estimation methods to assess the role of neutral and investment-specific technology shocks in generating fluctuations in hours. Using a neoclassical stochastic growth model, we show how answers are shaped by the identification strategies and not by the statistical approaches. The crucial parameter is the labor supply elasticity. Both a calibration procedure that uses modern assessments of the Frisch elasticity and the estimation procedures result in technology shocks accounting for 2% to 9% of the variation in hours worked in the data. We infer that we should be talking more about identification and less about the choice of particular quantitative approaches.