Staff Report 166

Household Production and Taxation in the Stochastic Growth Model

Ellen R. McGrattan | Consultant
Randall Wright | Consultant
Richard Rogerson

Published December 1, 1993

We estimate a dynamic general equilibrium model of the U.S. economy that includes an explicit household production sector. We use these estimates to investigate two issues. First, we analyze how well the model accounts for aggregate fluctuations. Second, we use the model to study the effects of fiscal policy. We find household production has a significant impact, and reject a nested specification in which changes in the home production technology do not matter for market variables. The model generates very different predictions for the effects of tax changes than similar models without home production.

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