Monetary Policy and the Stock Market in the Euro Area

85 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2003

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Nuno Cassola

University of Milan Bicocca - CefES; University of Lisbon - CEMAPRE

Claudio Morana

Università di Milano Bicocca; Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES); Center for Economic Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies (CeRP); University of Bologna - Rimini Center for Economic Analysis (RCEA)

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Date Written: January 2002

Abstract

In this paper we study the role of the stock market in the transmission mechanism in the euro area and evaluate whether price stability and financial stability are mutually consistent and complementary objectives. Four major conclusions can be drawn from our work. First, stock prices and, more generally, relative asset prices seem to play an important role in the transmission mechanism in the euro area. Second, we do not find any significant, direct impact of stock prices on inflation. Third, permanent productivity shocks are the driving force of the stock market in the long-run and contribute significantly to its cyclical behaviour. Nevertheless, the bulk of cyclical dynamics in the stock market is explained by transitory shocks. Fourth, a monetary policy focused on maintaining price stability in the long-run can contribute also to stock market stability.

Keywords: Monetary policy transmission mechanism; price stability; financial stability

JEL Classification: C32, O11

Suggested Citation

Cassola, Nuno and Morana, Claudio, Monetary Policy and the Stock Market in the Euro Area (January 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=357282

Nuno Cassola (Contact Author)

University of Milan Bicocca - CefES ( email )

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University of Lisbon - CEMAPRE ( email )

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Università di Milano Bicocca ( email )

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