Staff Report 168

Seasonality and Equilibrium Business Cycle Theories

Charles L. Evans
R. Anton Braun | Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Published March 1, 1994

We consider a dynamic, stochastic equilibrium business cycle model which is augmented to reflect seasonal shifts in preferences, technology, and government purchases. Our estimated parameterization implies implausibly large seasonal variation in the state of technology: rising at an annual rate of 24% in the fourth quarter and falling at an annual rate of 28% in the first quarter. Furthermore, our findings indicate that variation in the state of technology of this magnitude is required if the model is to explain the main features of the seasonal cycle.

Published In: Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (19, 1995, pp. 503-531)

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