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A long-commodity-cycle model of the world economy over a century and a half — making bricks with little straw

Le, Vo, Meenagh, D and Minford, P 2019. A long-commodity-cycle model of the world economy over a century and a half — making bricks with little straw. Energy Economics 81 , pp. 503-518. 10.1016/j.eneco.2019.04.011
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Abstract

This paper explores the world business cycle using unfiltered data from 1870 and looks for a theory that could account for the long wave commodity cycle in the world economy. We build a simple DSGE model that includes a long time-to-build constraint in the commodity sector. We find that this model can produce long cycles in output and commodity prices as introduced by Kontradieff (1925) and Schumpeter (1935). Our findings show that these long business cycles are produced by the long gestation of commodity capacity which causes very large swings in commodity prices.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0140-9883
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 April 2019
Date of Acceptance: 12 April 2019
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 09:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/121842

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