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Macroeconomics is a branch of economics dealing with the aggregate economy as a whole, rather than individual markets.

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Distribution of Wages

Is there any paper that looks at the distribution of wages? I'd like to see how many workers are in each percentile of labor income. I know that you could compute it using CPS or US tax data, but I ...
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Central Banks and Price Stability

Are there any empirical studies on the question of whether independent central banks cause price stability? I am seeking to understand if independence (of the central monitory authority) is part of ...
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Long Term Impacts of Austerity Measures

Is there much research into the long term impacts of government fiscal contractions. I have heard about 2nd generation unemployed as a result of Thatcher's policies but that is very much anecdotal. ...
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What is the economic purpose of increasing the minimum wage?

It is generally accepted among economists that minimum wage warps the equilibrium point between the supply and demand of labor by instituting a price floor and increases unemployment for unskilled ...
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Why is the rouble collapsing?

What are the reasons why the rouble (RUB) is collapsing? Which one is the main one?
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Where do remittances come into play in the formula for GDP?

In the classic formula for GDP, i.e., GDP=C+I+G+X-M, where are remittances accounted for? With remittances as high as third of GDP for developing countries, I wonder how they are not explicit in this ...
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Inflation reasons beyond Friedman

I think everyone know this Friedman's quote nowadays: Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon in the sense that it is and can be produced only by a more rapid increase in the ...
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What is the difference between "aggregation" and a "representative agent?"

What is the difference between "aggregation" and a "representative agent?" I'm sorry if I'm not entirely clear on this question, but that's why I ask. It seems to me as if a representative agent is ...
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Why is capital income taxed differently than wage income?

Why is income from capital gains taxed differently than wage income? There are perhaps historical, practical, and theoretical reasons. What are they? (As far as historical reason go, I'm asking ...
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Employment Volatility and the Relevance of Aggregate Wage Rigidity

The Mortensen-Pissarides (MP) framework of search labor is the thing in analyzing (equilibrium) unemployment over the business cycle. Shimer showed that the lack of hires is the big margin that ...
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Banking Regulatory Frameworks, between the 1973 collapse of Bretton Woods and the introduction of the Basel Accords in 1988?

Does anyone know of any work on banking system behaviour, and in particular the governing regulatory frameworks that applied between the 1973 collapse of the gold standard based Bretton Woods system ...
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Credit Frictions as the source of Business Cycles

Many papers look at the impact of credit frictions onto business cycles, and they almost unambiguously find that credit frictions work as an amplification mechanism of other shocks. For example, ...
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Schumpeterian Business Cycles

The basic idea of Schumpeterian Business Cycles is that new technologies require creative destruction but will yield positive growth. These two opposing forces have impacts onto the real economy at ...
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What is the impact on the money supply of a reduction in the required reserve ratio? [closed]

In April 2011, the money supply was estimated to be 52 million hurls. At the same time, bank reserves were 6.24 million hurls and the reserve requirement was 12 percent. The banking industry, being “...
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How to get details on all the models used for evaluating ACA?

I am trying to track down the models and the underpinnings/details for them for models that may have been used to evaluate the ACA/Obamacare. I am aware of Gruber's (proprietary) model, and am ...
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Whatever happened to efficiency wage theories?

Older macroeconomics texts give much space to efficiency wage explanations of how unemployment could coexist with wages in equilibrium higher than the reservation wage of workers. However, there ...
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Government expenditure multiplier in the new-Keynesian model?

Does a temporary increase in government expenditure increase output in the standard new-Keynesian DSGE model? Is it possible to draw any intuitive parallels between the impact of government ...
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In what sense are "new-Keynesian" models "new" and in what sense are they "Keynesian"?

Hopefully, the title of this question is quite descriptive. Whilst I have a broad understanding of the research agenda of macroeconomics, I don't have a very good picture of how it is divided into ...
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Why does the Laffer curve for consumption have no peak?

According to Trabant and Uhlig (2009), the Laffer curve for consumption has no peak. As far as I can make out, the argument is based on the fact that money extracted by taxing consumption ends up ...
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Friedman k% applied to cryptocurrency

Follow on to this question: Would a cryptocurrency with a base that expanded at a fix rate face fewer difficulties than one with a stagnant base? Edit: I'm referring specifically to the issues raised ...
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From an economics perspective, what are the ramifications of a currency with fixed money supply?

I'm thinking specifically of bitcoins. What are the pros and cons of having a fixed number of coins, as opposed to more "normal" currencies? Would the currency have no inflation?
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Lifecycle Consumption Models and Dispersion in Consumption

Lifecycle models base on the assumption that households want to maximize their consumption and at the same time insure themselves against income shocks. However, there is a lot of (c.p.) consumption ...
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Unemployment and the Frisch-Elasticity

There is the long debate on the Frisch-Elasticity being the driver of unemployment over the business cycle. One argument against the voluntary-unemployment mechanism of RBC models is that if we ...
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What is the relationship between real growth and stock market [closed]

I am interested in understanding when the stock market can influence real growth and the opposite, when real growth can influence the stock market. In other words, in which way causation is more ...
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Unemployment and the Minimum Wage---what are the main counter-arguments to Card and Krueger?

Card and Krueger's paper (AER 1994, "Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania") uses a difference-in-difference identification strategy to ...
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How does a reduction in consumer spending in favour of consumer saving, affect economic activity?

Let's say our government runs an advertising campaign, encouraging its citizens to reduce spending money on consumer items, and instead save more money. Let's say the campaign is successful, and ...
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Fundamental equations in economics

For the other sciences it´s easy to point to the most important equations that ground the discipline. If I want to explain Economics to a physicist say, what are considered to be the most important ...
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Optimality of Zero Capital Taxation

The Chamley-Judd result of zero optimal capital taxation says that 0 capital taxation are required in order to maximize welfare at the steady state. The result is 30 years old. Still assuming that ...
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How do Gini coefficients correlate with the cost of higher education?

Are there any studies that explore the higher net present value (NPV) of education in countries with higher Gini coefficients? Additionally, do any of these studies include the impacts of economic ...
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How does a national budget differ from a household budget?

We are often told by pundits that "Country X cannot spend more than they take in in revenue, because a house that makes A and spends B will always collapse if B>A". Essentially the siren calls of a ...
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