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Financial innovation, macroeconomic volatility and the great moderation

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  • Zaghini, Andrea
  • Bencivelli, Lorenzo

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In the paper we propose an assessment of the role of financial innovation in shaping US macroeconomic dynamics. We extend an existing model by Christiano, Eichenbaum and Evans which studied the transmission of monetary policy impulses to business and corporate sector financing variables just before the Great Moderation period. By investigating the properties of the model over a longer time span we show that in the later period a change in the monetary policy transmission mechanism is likely to have occurred. In particular, we argue that the role of financial innovation has significantly altered the transmission of shocks

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 41263.

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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:41263

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Keywords: Great Moderation; Monetary policy; Financial Innovation;

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