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Lean against the wind or float with the storm? Revisiting the monetary policy asset price nexus by means of a novel statistical identification approach

Helmut Herwartz, Simone Maxand and Hannes Rohloff

No 354, Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers from University of Goettingen, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper revisits the monetary policy asset price nexus employing a novel identification approach for structural VARs in a framework of non-Gaussian independent shocks. This allows us to remain "agnostic" about the contemporaneous relations between the variables. We provide empirical evidence on the U.S. economy for monetary policy shocks and shocks originating from two asset markets: Equity and housing. Our results indicate that contractionary monetary policy shocks have a mildly negative impact on both asset prices. The effect is less pronounced for equity. Moreover, we find considerable differences in the speed of monetary policy transmission among both asset classes.

JEL-codes: C32 E44 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018
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