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Financial Accelerator Mechanism: Evidence for Colombia

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  • Martha R. López P
  • Norberto Rodríguez N.

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Colombia experienced a deep recession in 1999-2003. Growth slowed by 4.2%, and investment by 34.6%. Was the severity of the recession due to a financial accelerator mechanism á la Bernanke, Gertler, and Gilchrist (1999)? To answer this question, this paper estimates a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with credit-market imperfections for the Colombian economy using Bayesian methods. The results show that balance-sheet effects played an important role in explaining recent Colombian recession; the financial accelerator mechanism turns out to be quantitatively significant accounting for about 50 percent of the total reduction in output after a monetary policy tightening.

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  • Martha R. López P & Norberto Rodríguez N., 2008. "Financial Accelerator Mechanism: Evidence for Colombia," Borradores de Economia 481, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.
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    DOI: 10.32468/be.481
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    Keywords

    DSGE modelling; Financial Accelerator; Bayesian Estimation.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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