Inventories in motion : a new approach to inventories over the business cycle
McMahon, Michael F. (2012) Inventories in motion : a new approach to inventories over the business cycle. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick.
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I propose an inventories-in-motion concept which represents a new approach to inventories over the business cycle. This channel has previously been ignored by macroeconomists. I build a general equilibrium business cycle model in which inventories arise naturally as a result of gaps between production of goods and their consumption as goods are distributed. These inventories are actively managed and adjusted to meet consumption and investment needs in the economy. Although conceptually very simple, I show that such inventory behaviour matches a number of stylised facts of aggregate inventories. Nonetheless, my model does not admit an important role for inventory management
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|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Inventories, Business cycles -- Econometric models|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Official Date:||27 March 2012|
|Number of Pages:||58|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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