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A New Way to Quantify the Effect of Uncertainty

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This paper develops a new method to quantify the effects of uncertainty using estimates from a nonlinear New Keynesian model. The model includes an occasionally binding zero lower bound constraint on the nominal interest rate, which creates time-varying endogenous uncertainty, and two exogenous types of time-varying uncertainty—a volatility shock to technology growth and a volatility shock to the risk premium. A filtered third-order approximation of the Euler equation shows consumption uncertainty on average reduced consumption by about 0.06% and the peak effect was 0.15% during the Great Recession. Other higher-order moments such as inflation uncertainty, technology growth uncertainty, consumption skewness, and inflation skewness had smaller

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  • Richter, Alexander & Throckmorton, Nathaniel, 2017. "A New Way to Quantify the Effect of Uncertainty," Working Papers 1705, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:feddwp:1705 DOI: 10.24149/wp1705
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    Keywords

    Baysian estimation; uncertainty; stochastic volatility; zero lower bound;

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    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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