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The Optimal Level of Monetary Aggregation in the UK

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  • Elger, Thomas

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Jones, Barry

    () (Department of Economics, Binghampton University)

  • Edgerton, David

    () (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Binner, Jane

    () (University of Sheffield Management School)

Abstract

This paper tests the weak separability of the assets in the Bank of England's household-sector Divisia index from 1977Q1 to 2000Q4. The study is based on a revealed preference framework and uses a nonparametric procedure that jointly tests necessary and sufficient conditions for weak separability, allows for incomplete adjustment of expenditure on monetary services, and allows for measurement errors in the monetary quantity data. The assets included in the Bank of England Divisia index are weakly separable with complete adjustment in two sub-samples covering most of the eighties. A narrower aggregate is weakly separable with complete adjustment in each sub-sample we investigated.

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  • Elger, Thomas & Jones, Barry & Edgerton, David & Binner, Jane, 2004. "The Optimal Level of Monetary Aggregation in the UK," Working Papers 2004:7, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 26 Jan 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2004_007
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    1. Barnett, William A. & Serletis, Apostolos, 2008. "Consumer preferences and demand systems," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 147(2), pages 210-224, December.
    2. Jones, Barry E. & Stracca, Livio, 2006. "Are money and consumption additively separable in the euro area? A non-parametric approach," Working Paper Series 704, European Central Bank.
    3. Drake, Leigh & Fleissig, Adrian R., 2010. "Substitution between monetary assets and consumer goods: New evidence on the monetary transmission mechanism," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 34(11), pages 2811-2821, November.

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    weak separability; incomplete adjustment; measurement error;

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    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation

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