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Does monetary policy react to asset prices? Some international evidence

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  • Francesco Furlanetto

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    (HEC Lausanne and Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway))

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This paper attempts to measure the reaction of monetary policy to the stock market. We apply the procedure of Rigobon and Sack (2003) to identify and estimate a VAR in the presence of heteroskedasticity. This procedure fully takes into account the endogeneity of interest rates and stock returns that is ignored in the traditional VAR literature. We find a positive and significant reaction in the US and the UK. However, since the end of the 1990s, in a period of large stock market fluctuations, this reaction declines in the US and disappears in the UK. In Japan and the EU, we do not find any reaction. We provide evidence that the lower response to stock prices in the last part of the sample in the US is compensated by a higher response to real estate prices.

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Paper provided by Norges Bank in its series Working Paper with number 2008/07.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 08 May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:bno:worpap:2008_07

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Keywords: Monetary policy; Stock market; Identification; VAR; Heteroskedasticity;

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  3. Jordi Galí & Luca Gambetti, 2013. "The effects of monetary policy on stock market bubbles: Some evidence," Economics Working Papers 1392, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Dec 2013.
  4. Francesco Furlanetto, 2008. "Does monetary policy react to asset prices? Some international evidence," Working Paper 2008/07, Norges Bank.
  5. Demir, Ishak, 2012. "ECB Policy Response to the Euro/US Dollar Exchange Rate," MPRA Paper 36744, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Kajuth, Florian, 2012. "Identifying the Phillips curve through shifts in volatility," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 975-991.
  7. Roseline Nyakerario Misati & Esman Morekwa Nyamongo & Lucas Kamau Njoroge & Sheila Kaminchia, 2012. "Feasibility of inflation targeting in an emerging market: evidence from Kenya," Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 4(2), pages 146-159, June.
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  9. Dominique Pepin, 2010. "La BCE réagit-elle au prix des actifs financiers ?," Working Papers hal-00963626, HAL.

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