A good luck or good policy? A recent macroeconomic history of New Zealand
Ömer Faruk Akbal
No 2021.02, Working Papers from International Network for Economic Research - INFER
The Great Moderation was a global phenomenon marked by stable economic growth and inflation. However, there is still an ongoing debate on whether it was good policy or good luck that contributed to its success. This paper examines the recent macroeconomic history of New Zealand through the lens of a regime-switching structural vector autoregression model to understand the contributions of monetary policy and global conditions to its macroeconomic stabilization. The regime-switching framework is a well-suited methodology to study this question since a change in luck can be modeled as a change in shock variances, and a policy change can be modeled as a change in the coefficients of the policy equation. For identification purposes, the small open economy structure of New Zealand is shown to be an advantage.
Keywords: Regime Switching SVARs; Small Open Economy Business Cycles; Inflation Targeting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 61 pages
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