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Does Monetary Policy Matter? Narrative Versus Structural Approaches


  • Ray C. Fair


This paper compares results from the narrative approach of Romer and Romer (1989) to those from the structural approach regarding the effects of monetary policy on real output. The results from both approaches lead to the conclusions that monetary policy matters and that the effects build slowly following a monetary policy shock. The narrative approach, however, leads to larger and more persistent effects than does the structural approach. Reasons are advanced in the paper as to why this might be so.

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  • Ray C. Fair, 1989. "Does Monetary Policy Matter? Narrative Versus Structural Approaches," NBER Working Papers 3045, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3045
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    1. Christina D. Romer & David H. Romer, 1989. "Does Monetary Policy Matter? A New Test in the Spirit of Friedman and Schwartz," NBER Chapters,in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1989, Volume 4, pages 121-184 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Hukkinen, Juhana & Virén, Matti, 1995. "Assessing the performance of a macroeconomic model," Research Discussion Papers 5/1995, Bank of Finland.
    2. Hukkinen, Juhana & Virén, Matti, 1996. "Assessing the forecasting performance of a macroeconomic model," Research Discussion Papers 23/1996, Bank of Finland.
    3. Hukkinen, Juhana & Viren, Matti, 1999. "Assessing the Forecasting Performance of a Macroeconomic Model," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 21(6), pages 753-768, November.

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