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Does Money Matter in the Euro area? Evidence from a new Divisia Index

The purpose of this paper is to examine the possible role of money shocks on output and prices in the euro area.

By: Date: November 6, 2014 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

The purpose of this paper is to examine the possible role of money shocks on output and prices in the euro area.

Since no Divisia monetary aggregates are available for the euro area, we first create and make available a database on euro-area Divisia monetary aggregates.

We plan to update the dataset in the future and keep it publicly available.

Using different SVAR models, we find sensible and statistically significant responses to Divisia money shocks, while the responses to simple-sum measures of money and interest rates are not statistically significant, and sometimes even the point estimates are not sensible.

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