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Monetary Policy and the New Economy : Between Supply Shock and Financial Bubble

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  • Eric DOR

    (Université catholique de Lille, IESEG, Labores-CNRS et IRES Université catholique de Louvain)

  • Alain DURRE

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES))

Abstract

This paper deals with some issues that recently arised from the puzzling evolution of Stock Markets during the nineties, in particular from the sharp increase of equity prices on the Nasdaq. We examine the hypothesis according to which such a bullish market could be explained by investors' increasingly optimistic expectations about the 'New economy' perspectives. We then analyse to what extent the evolution of financial markets may have recently affected aggregate demand in a stronger way than in the past. Using a simple aggregate model with rational expectations, we finally show how monetary policy decisions should be influenced by such changes in the behaviour of investors and consumers.

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  • Eric DOR & Alain DURRE, 2002. "Monetary Policy and the New Economy : Between Supply Shock and Financial Bubble," Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) 2002028, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvre:2002028
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    1. Patrick Artus, 2003. "Pourquoi la politique monétaire ne réagit-elle pas aux prix d’actifs ?," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 158(2), pages 61-71.

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    Keywords

    Monetary Policy; Inflation and Output gap targeting; New Economy and Financial Exuberance;

    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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