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Why hasn't the jump in oil prices led to a recession?

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  • John G. Fernald
  • Bharat Trehan

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Oil prices have increased substantially over the last several years. When oil price increases of this magnitude occurred during the 1970s, they were associated with severe recessions. Why hasn't that happened this time around? This Letter explores some answers to that question.

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  • John G. Fernald & Bharat Trehan, 2005. "Why hasn't the jump in oil prices led to a recession?," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue nov18.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:y:2005:i:nov18:n:2005-31
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    1. Naohisa Hirakata & Nao Sudo, 2009. "Accounting for Oil Price Variation and Weakening Impact of the Oil Crisis," IMES Discussion Paper Series 09-E-01, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan.

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    Petroleum products - Prices ; Recessions;

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