Explaining the Great Moderation: It is Not the Shocks

15 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2008

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Domenico Giannone

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Michele Lenza

European Central Bank (ECB)

Lucrezia Reichlin

London Business School; Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Central Bank (ECB)

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Abstract

This paper shows that the explanation of the decline in the volatility of GDP growth since the mid-eighties is not the decline in the volatility of exogenous shocks but rather a change in their propagation mechanism.

Keywords: Great Moderation, Information, Shocks

JEL Classification: C32, C53, E32, E37

Suggested Citation

Giannone, Domenico and Lenza, Michele and Reichlin, Lucrezia, Explaining the Great Moderation: It is Not the Shocks. CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6600. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1140529

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