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Time-varying oil price volatility and macroeconomic aggregates

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  • Plante, Michael D.
  • Traum, Nora

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We illustrate the theoretical relation among output, consumption, investment, and oil price volatility in a real business-cycle model. The model incorporates demand for oil by a firm, as an intermediate input, and by a household, used in conjunction with a durable good. We estimate a stochastic volatility process for the real price of oil over the period 1986–2011 and utilize the estimated process in a nonlinear approximation of the model. For realistic calibrations, an increase in oil price volatility produces a temporary decrease in durable spending, while precautionary savings motives lead investment and real GDP to rise. Irreversible capital and durable investment decisions do not overturn this result.

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  • Plante, Michael D. & Traum, Nora, 2012. "Time-varying oil price volatility and macroeconomic aggregates," Working Papers 1201, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:feddwp:1201
    DOI: 10.24149/wp1201
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    Time-series analysis; Consumption (Economics); Capital investments; Natural resources; Energy consumption;

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