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Monetary policy matters: Evidence from new shocks data

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  • Barakchian, S. Mahdi
  • Crowe, Christopher

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The evidence suggests that monetary policy post 1988 became more forward-looking, invalidating the identifying assumptions in conventional methods of measuring monetary policy's effects, leading to spurious and unlikely results for this period. We propose a new identification scheme that uses factors extracted from Fed Funds futures to measure exogenous changes in policy. Using this shock series in a VAR, we recover the contractionary effect of monetary tightening on output. Moreover, we find that as much as half of the variability in output was driven by monetary policy shocks, and that there is a mild price puzzle.

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  • Barakchian, S. Mahdi & Crowe, Christopher, 2013. "Monetary policy matters: Evidence from new shocks data," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(8), pages 950-966.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:moneco:v:60:y:2013:i:8:p:950-966 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmoneco.2013.09.006
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