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Does Monetary Policy Matter? Narrative Versus Structural Approaches

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  • Ray C. Fair

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This paper compares results from the narrative approach of Romer and Romer (1989) to those from the structural approach regarding the effects of monetary policy on real output. The results from both approaches lead to the conclusions that monetary policy matters and that the effects build slowly following a monetary policy shock. The narrative approach, however, leads to larger and more persistent effects than does the structural approach. Reasons are advanced in the paper as to why this might be so.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3045.

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Date of creation: Jul 1989
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3045

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  1. Christina D. Romer and David H. Romer., 1989. "Does Monetary Policy Matter? A New Test in the Spirit of Friedman and Schwartz," Economics Working Papers 89-107, University of California at Berkeley.
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  1. Hukkinen, Juhana & Viren, Matti, 1996. "Assessing the Forecasting Performance of a Macroeconomic Model," Research Discussion Papers 23/1996, Bank of Finland.
  2. Hukkinen, Juhana & Viren, Matti, 1999. "Assessing the Forecasting Performance of a Macroeconomic Model," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 21(6), pages 753-768, November.
  3. Hukkinen, Juhana & Viren, Matti, 1998. "How to Evaluate the Forecasting Performance of a Macroeconomic Model," Research Discussion Papers 5/1998, Bank of Finland.

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