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Monetary Policy, Stock Returns, and the Role of Credit in the Transmission of Monetary Policy

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  • Willem Thorbecke

    (The Jerome Levy Economics Institute)

  • Lee Coppock

    (The Jerome Levy Economics Institute)

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We use a multi-factor asset pricing model to investigate whether fluctuations in industry stock returns are due to industry stock returns are due to industry-specific shocks or to monetary and other macroeconomic factors. We find that common factors explain a substantial portion of the variation in stock returns, indicating that economic fluctuations are not due to industry-specific factors alone. We also find that disinflationary policy benefits large but not small firms. These results have mixed implications for the view that credit market frictions propagate monetary shocks.

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  • Willem Thorbecke & Lee Coppock, 1999. "Monetary Policy, Stock Returns, and the Role of Credit in the Transmission of Monetary Policy," Macroeconomics 9902006, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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