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Antonio Ribba
''Sources of unemployment fluctuations in the USA and in the Euro Area in the last decade''
( 2014, Vol. 34 No.2 )
The aim of this paper is to investigate the role played by macroeconomic shocks in shaping unemployment fluctuations, both in the USA and in the Euro area, in the recent, European Monetary Union, period. The task is accomplished by estimating a VAR model which jointly considers US and European variables. We identify the structural disturbances through sign restrictions on the dynamic response of variables. Our results show that there are real effects of monetary policy shocks and of non-monetary policy, financial shocks in both economic areas. Moreover, a significant role is also exerted by business cycle, adverse aggregate demand shocks. Not surprisingly, in the last decade an important role has been played by financial shocks.
Keywords: Structural VARs, Euro Area, Monetary Policy, Unemployment
JEL: E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles: General (includes Measurement and Data)
C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General
Manuscript Received : Nov 06 2013 Manuscript Accepted : Apr 02 2014

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