Will Stability Last?
38 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2004
Date Written: November 2004
There is no consensus about the causes of the reduction in business cycle volatility seen in many major economies over the last decade. Using stylised models of the economies of the US, Euro area, UK and Japan, we argue that economic stability has been fostered by improved monetary policy and by associated changes in the behaviour of inflation, which has itself led to a reduction in the volatility of economic shocks. Assuming an absence of cataclysmic events, our projections suggest that most major economies should continue to enjoy an unusual degree of stability.
Keywords: growth volatility, inflation, stabilisation, business cycles, US, UK, Euro area, Japan
JEL Classification: E3, E52, F01
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