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The Oil Price-Macroeconomy Relationship Since the Mid-1980s: A Global Perspective

We investigate the oil price-macroeconomy relationship from a global perspective, by means of a large scale macro-financial-econometric model. In addition to real activity, we consider fiscal and monetary policy responses and labor and financial markets conditions, in order to provide a comprehensive account of the macro-financial effects of oil price shocks. We find that oil market supply side, speculative, preferences, and volatility shocks exercised recessionary effects during the first and second Persian Gulf War and 2008 oil price episodes. As long as oil supply will keep expanding at a slower pace than required by demand conditions, and in so far as the recently passed regulatory provisions aimed at controlling financial speculation in the oil (and other commodities) futures market will prove unsuccessful, a recessionary bias, determined by higher and more uncertain real oil prices, may then be expected to persist also in the near future.

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Energy Specializations: Petroleum – Markets and Prices for Crude Oil and Products; Energy Investment and Finance – Corporate Strategy; Energy Modeling – Sectoral Energy Demand & Technology

JEL Codes: Q43: Energy and the Macroeconomy, Q41: Energy: Demand and Supply; Prices, Q02: Commodity Markets, E44: Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy, Q31: Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation: Demand and Supply; Prices

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Keywords: Oil price, Oil price-macroeconomy relationship, Macro-finance interface, International business cycle, Factor vector autoregressive models

DOI: 10.5547/01956574.34.3.8

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Published in Volume 34, Number 3 of the bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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