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Do expectations matter? The Great Moderation revisited

Fabio Canova () and Luca Gambetti ()

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Abstract: We examine the role of expectations in the Great Moderation episode. We derive theoretical restrictions in a New-Keynesian model and test them using measures of expectations obtained from survey data, the Greenbook and bond markets. Expectations explain the dynamics of inflation and of interest rates but their importance is roughly unchanged over time. Systems with and without expectations display similar reduced form characteristics. Including or excluding expectations hardly changes the economic explanation of the Great Moderation. Results are robust to changes in the structure of the empirical model.

Keywords: Indeterminacy; Expectations; Term structure; Structural VARs; Sunspot (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C11 E12 E32 E62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba and nep-mac
Date: 2007-11, Revised 2009-01
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