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How Important are Financial Frictions in the United States and the Euro Area?

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  • Virginia Queijo von Heideken

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This paper aims to evaluate whether frictions in credit markets are important for business cycles in the United States and the euro area. I modify the DSGE financial accelerator model developed by Bernanke, Gertler and Gilchrist (1999) by adding such frictions as price indexation to past inflation, sticky wages, consumption habits and variable capital utilization. When estimating the model using Bayesian methods, I find that financial frictions are relevant in both areas. According to the posterior odds ratio, the data clearly favor the model with financial frictions, both in the United States and the euro area. Moreover, financial frictions are larger in the euro area. Copyright � The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2009. .

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 111 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 567-596

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:111:y:2009:i:3:p:567-596

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  1. Ali Dib, 2010. "Banks, Credit Market Frictions, and Business Cycles," Working Papers 10-24, Bank of Canada.
  2. Christiano, Lawrence J. & Trabandt, Mathias & Walentin, Karl, 2011. "Introducing financial frictions and unemployment into a small open economy model," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 35(12), pages 1999-2041.
  3. Ali Dib, 2010. "Capital Requirement and Financial Frictions in Banking: Macroeconomic Implications," Working Papers 10-26, Bank of Canada.
  4. Andrés Fernández Martín & Adam Gulan, 2012. "Interest Rates and Business Cycles in Emerging Economies: The Role of Financial Frictions," IDB Publications 77984, Inter-American Development Bank.
  5. Villa, Stefania, 2013. "Financial frictions in the euro area: a Bayesian assessment," Working Paper Series 1521, European Central Bank.
  6. Yahong Zhang, 2011. "Financial Frictions, Financial Shocks and Labour Market Fluctuations in Canada," Discussion Papers 11-10, Bank of Canada.
  7. Michal Brzoza-Brzezina & Marcin Kolasa, 2013. "Bayesian evaluation of DSGE models with financial frictions," Working Papers 71, Department of Applied Econometrics, Warsaw School of Economics.
  8. David Jacobs & Vanessa Rayner, 2012. "The Role of Credit Supply in the Australian Economy," RBA Research Discussion Papers rdp2012-02, Reserve Bank of Australia.
  9. Merola, Rossana, 2014. "The role of financial frictions during the crisis: an estimated DSGE model," Dynare Working Papers 33, CEPREMAP.
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  11. Yahong Zhang, 2011. "Financial Factors and Labour Market Fluctuations," Working Papers 11-12, Bank of Canada.
  12. Haddow, Abigail & Mileva, Mariya, 2013. "Financial factors and the international transmission mechanism," Bank of England working papers 479, Bank of England.

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