Accounting for Post-Crisis Inflation and Employment: A Retro Analysis

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Chiara Fratto

University of Chicago

Harald Uhlig

University of Chicago - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

What accounts for inflation after 2008? We use the prominent pre-crisis Smets-Wouters (2007) model to address this question. We find that due to price markup shocks alone inflation would have been 1% higher than observed and 0.5% higher that the long-run average. Their standard deviation is similar to its pre-crisis level. Price markup shocks were also responsible for the slow recovery of employment, though not for the initial drop. Monetary policy shocks predict an inflation rate 0.5% below average. Government expenditure innovations do not contribute much either to inflation or to employment dynamics.

Suggested Citation

Fratto, Chiara and Uhlig, Harald, Accounting for Post-Crisis Inflation and Employment: A Retro Analysis (November 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20707, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2535172

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