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An Alternative Explanation of the Price Puzzle

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  • Giordani, Paolo

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    (Stockholm School of Economics, Department of Economics)

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This paper proposes a simple explanation for the frequent appearance of a price puzzle in VARs designed for monetary policy analysis. It suggests that the best method of solving the puzzle implies a close connection between theory and empirics rather than the introduction of a commodity price. It proves that the omission of a measure of output gap (or potential output) spuriously produces a price puzzle in a wide class of commonly used models. This can happen even if the model admits a triangular identification and if the forecasts produced by the misspecified VAR are optimal. In the framework of a model due to Svensson, the omission of a measure of output gap is shown to generate several other incorrect conclusions. When the model is tested on US data, all predictions are supported.

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Paper provided by Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden) in its series Working Paper Series with number 125.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2001
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Monetary Economics, 2004, pages 1271-1296.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:rbnkwp:0125

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Keywords: VAR; monetary policy; misspecification; output gap; technology shocks.;

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