DP11989 | The New Keynesian Cross

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04/23/2017

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The New Keynesian (NK) Cross is a graphical and analytical apparatus for heterogeneous-agent (HANK) models expressing key aggregate demand objects - MPC and multipliers - as functions of heterogeneity parameters. It affords analytical insights into monetary, fiscal, and forward guidance multipliers, and replicates the aggregate implications of quantitative HANK. The key parameter - the constrained agents - income elasticity to aggregate income - depends on fiscal redistribution: when it is larger (smaller) than one, the effects of policies and shocks are amplified (dampened). With uninsurable idiosyncratic uncertainty, this translates intertemporally - through compounding (discounting) in the aggregate Euler equation - into further amplification (dampening) of future shocks.