University of Chicago
Institutional Affiliation: University of Chicago
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2014||Accounting for Post-Crisis Inflation and Employment: A Retro Analysis|
with Harald Uhlig: w20707
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.