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The Allocation of Goods and Time Over the Business Cycle

Discussion Paper 26 | Published March 1, 1990

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Authors

Jeremy Greenwood

Zvi Hercowitz

The Allocation of Goods and Time Over the Business Cycle

Abstract

A Beckerian model of household production is developed to study the allocation of capital and time between market and home activities over the business cycle. The adopted framework treats the business and household sectors symmetrically. In the market, labor interacts with business capital to produce market goods and services, and likewise at home the remaining time, leisure, is combined with household capital to produce home goods and services. The theoretical model presented is parameterized, calibrated, and simulated to see whether it can rationalize the observed allocation of capital and time, as well as other stylized facts, for the postwar U.S. economy.