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A note on the optimal level of monetary aggregation in the United Kingdom

Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 117-131
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Macroeconomic Dynamics
Volym: 12
Nummer: 1
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Cambridge University Press


Weak separability is a key admissibility property in the Divisia approach to monetary aggregation. We test groups of U.K. household sector monetary assets for weak separability using new data underlying the Bank of England's benchmark revision of its household sector Divisia index. Nonparametric tests are used to identify four monetary asset groupings, which are weakly separable over all or almost all of the post-ERM period (1992:4-2005:1). We construct Divisia monetary aggregates for these four groupings and investigate their information content in two applications. The main findings are that Divisia money has direct effects on aggregate demand and that the growth rates of the nominal Divisia monetary aggregates Granger cause nominal output growth, but not inflation.


  • Economics
  • monetary aggregation
  • nonparametric tests
  • weak separability


  • ISSN: 1365-1005

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