Has the Transmission Mechanism of Euro Monetary Policy Changed in the Run-Up to Emu?
51 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2004
Date Written: September 2004
This Paper studies empirically the transmission mechanism of European monetary policy by means of time-varying, heterogenous coefficient models estimated in a numerical Bayesian fashion. Based on pre-EMU evidence from Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, we find that (i) the long-run cumulative impact on output of a common, homoskedastic monetary policy shock has decreased in all countries after 1991. These declines are statistically significant and accompanied by some changes in the conduct of monetary policy over the same period. At the same time, we also find that (ii) cross-country differences in the effects of the shock analyzed have not decreased over time.
Keywords: European monetary policy, Bayesian estimation, Gibbs sampling, time-varying coefficient model, transmission mechanism
JEL Classification: C11, C33, E52
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