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The Evolution of the U.S. Output-Inflation Tradeoff

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  • Benjamin Wong

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This paper proposes quantifying the evolution of the U.S. output-inflation tradeoff using a Time-Varying Parameter Structural VAR. This methodology circumvents issues with existing methods which tend to be either reduced form in nature or rely on more ad hoc assumptions regarding sample split dates and both trend output and trend inflation. Working through U.S. data since the 1970s reveals only a slight change in the tradeoff from around 1.70 to 1.75 percentage points of real output growth per percentage point increase in trend inflation. This contrasts with claims that the U.S. Phillips Curve has flattened dramatically.

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Paper provided by Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series CAMA Working Papers with number 2013-70.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2013-70

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Keywords: Sacrifice Ratio; Time-Varying Parameters;

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