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Does money still matter for U.S. output?

  • Berger, Helge
  • Österholm, Pär

In this note, we use multivariate models estimated with Bayesian techniques and an out-ofsample approach to investigate whether money growth Granger-causes output growth in the United States. We find surprisingly strong evidence for a money-output link over the 1960-2005 period. However, further analysis indicates that this result is likely to be misleading; after the Great moderation, the Granger-causal role of money appears to have vanished completely.

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Paper provided by Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2008/7.

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Date of creation: 2008
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