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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 sheer 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 very reliability of such exercises. JEL Classification: E32, E47, E52, E58

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Keywords: Bayesian VARs; Great Inflation; identified VARs; policy counterfactuals; stochastic volatility; time-varying parameters;

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