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Would the Bundesbank have prevented the Great Inflation in the United States?

Luca Benati ()

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2011, vol. 35, issue 7, 1106-1125

Abstract: Policy counterfactuals based on estimated structural VARs routinely suggest that bringing Alan Greenspan back in the 1970s United States would not have prevented the Great Inflation. We show that a standard policy counterfactual suggests that the Bundesbank--which is near-universally credited for sparing West Germany the Great Inflation--would also not have been able to prevent the Great Inflation in the United States. The implausibility of this result sounds a cautionary note on taking the outcome of SVAR-based policy counterfactuals at face value, and raises questions on the reliability of such exercises.

Keywords: Bayesian; VARs; Time-varying; parameters; Stochastic; volatility; Identified; VARs; Great; Inflation; Policy; counterfactuals (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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