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Would the Bundesbank have prevented the Great Inflation in the United States?

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  • Benati, Luca

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Policy counterfactuals based on estimated structural VARs routinely suggest that bringing Alan Greenspan back in the 1970s United States would not have prevented the Great Inflation. We show that a standard policy counterfactual suggests that the Bundesbank--which is near-universally credited for sparing West Germany the Great Inflation--would also not have been able to prevent the Great Inflation in the United States. The implausibility of this result sounds a cautionary note on taking the outcome of SVAR-based policy counterfactuals at face value, and raises questions on the reliability of such exercises.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Volume (Year): 35 (2011)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
Pages: 1106-1125

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:35:y:2011:i:7:p:1106-1125

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Keywords: Bayesian VARs Time-varying parameters Stochastic volatility Identified VARs Great Inflation Policy counterfactuals;

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  1. Benati, Luca, 2010. "Are policy counterfactuals based on structural VAR's reliable?," Working Paper Series 1188, European Central Bank.

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