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The Lucas Critique and the Volcker Deflation

Olivier Blanchard ()

No 1326, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper examines, in light of the Lucas Critique, the behavior of the Phillips curve and of the term structure of interest rates after October 1979. It starts with an informal account of the policy change and then discusses how we might expect these two relations to shift after such a change. It finds little evidence of a direct effect of the policy change on the Phillips curve, at least until 1982. It finds substantial evidence of a direct effect on term structure.

Date: 1984-04
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Published as Blanchard, Olivier J. "The Lucas Critique and the Volcker Deflation." American Economic Review, Vol. 74, No. 2, (May 1984), pp. 211-215.

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