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The effects of monetary policy on stock market bubbles: Some evidence

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  • Jordi Galí

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  • Luca Gambetti

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We estimate the response of stock prices to exogenous monetary policy shocks using a vector-autoregressive model with time-varying parameters. Our evidence points to protracted episodes in which, after a a short-run decline, stock prices increase persistently in response to an exogenous tightening of monetary policy. That response is clearly at odds with the "conventional" view on the effects of monetary policy on bubbles, as well as with the predictions of bubbleless models. We also argue that it is unlikely that such evidence be accounted for by an endogenous response of the equity premium to the monetary policy shocks.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in its series Economics Working Papers with number 1392.

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Date of creation: Oct 2013
Date of revision: Dec 2013
Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:1392

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  1. Zhang, Tongbin, 2014. "Stock Price, Real Riskless Interest Rate and Learning," MPRA Paper 57090, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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