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The Monetary Transmission in the US and the Euro Area: Common Features and Common Frictions

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  • Nuno Alves
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    This paper compares the monetary transmission mechanism in the US and the 3 largest economies of the euro area. We start by showing that the dynamic responses to a monetary policy shock in each of the four countries are analogous. A model with a small set of frictions that broadly accounts for these responses is then presented. The model incorporates nominal wage contracts, habits for preferences in consumption and the staggered adjustment of households. portfolios. A common characterization of the monetary transmission mechanism in the US and the main euro area countries is therefore attainable.

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    Paper provided by Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department in its series Working Papers with number w200414.

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    Date of creation: 2004
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