Natural Rate Measures in an Estimated DSGE Model of the U.S. Economy
29 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2007
Date Written: March 2007
This paper presents a monetary DSGE model of the U.S. economy. The model captures the most important production, expenditure, and nominal-contracting decisions underlying economic data while remaining sufficiently small to allow it to provide a clear interpretation of the data. We emphasize the role of model-based analyses as vehicles for storytelling by providing several examples - based around the evolution of natural rates of production and interest - of how our model can provide narratives to explain recent macroeconomic fluctuations. The stories obtained from our model are both similar to and quite different from conventional accounts.
Keywords: Potential output, Natural rate of interest, Two-sector growth model, Bayesian estimation
JEL Classification: C51, E32, E52, Q41
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