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Still puzzling: evaluating the price puzzle in an empirically identified structural vector autoregression

  • Selva Demiralp

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  • Kevin Hoover

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  • Stephen Perez

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The price puzzle, an increase in the price level associated with a contractionary monetary shock, is investigated in a rich, 12-variable SVAR in which various factors that have been mooted as solutions are considered jointly. SVARs for the pre-1980 and post-1990 periods are identified empirically using a graph-theoretic causal search algorithm combined with formal tests of the implied overidentifying restrictions. In this SVAR, the pre-1980 price puzzle depends on the characterization of monetary policy, and the post-1990 price puzzle is statistically insignificant. Commonly suggested theoretical resolutions to the price puzzle are shown to have causal implications inconsistent with the data. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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Volume (Year): 46 (2014)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 701-731

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