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The Macroeconomics Outcome of Oil Shocks in the Small Eurozone Economies

Raphael Raduzzi () and Antonio Ribba ()

Center for Economic Research (RECent) from University of Modena and Reggio E., Dept. of Economics "Marco Biagi"

Abstract: In this work we provide an analysis over the period 1999 - 2015 of the effects of oil shocks on prices and GDP in a group of small Euro-area economies. The group includes Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. We use the structural near-VAR methodology and are thus able to model the joint interaction of area-wide macroeconomic variables and national variables. We find that under the EMU oil price shocks have been important drivers of business cycle fluctuations in almost all these countries. Moreover, an increase in oil prices produces significant recessionary effects in all the countries included in the investigation. Thus, although there are different sizes in the responses of output in the investigated countries, our main conclusion is that oil prices (still) matter for European economies

Keywords: Oil Shocks; Business Cycles; Near-Structural VARs; Euro area (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E31 E32 Q43 C32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-ene, nep-mac and nep-opm
Date: 2017-02
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